How many of you love cream of mushroom soup? Or how about mushrooms on your steak? Perhaps mushroom caps?
Today, let’s have a closer look at this fascinating food crop.
Many people feel mushrooms have little nutritional value. Not only do mushrooms contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals, they also contain antioxidants. One hundred grams of mushrooms contains only 25 calories. Did you know mushrooms have virtually no fat, no cholesterol and are low in sodium?
What mushrooms do have is a powerhouse of vitamins, nutrients and minerals. Here is an example of what you can find in mushrooms: riboflavin, copper, selenium, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitam in C, vitamin D, iron, potassium, folate, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc. That sounds healthy to me!
Fresh mushrooms contain a powerful antioxidant called l-ergothioneine. They also offer nutrients such as beta-glucans and conjugated linoleic acid, compounds that are currently being studied for their chemo-preventative potential. Recent research also suggests that mushrooms – and mushroom extracts – may have powerful anticancer activity for both breast and prostrate cancers.
Mushrooms offer both soluble and insoluble fibre, which helps to maintain good bowel health.
Recent studies show that fresh mushrooms can help with blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, heart health, gout, healthy aging, childhood obesity, and diverticulosis.
For storage, mushrooms should always be kept in the refrigerator. Store them in brown paper bags, as they will breathe better and stay firm longer. Mushrooms are best when they are used within a few days of purchase, but can be kept up to one week. Prior to use, rinse fresh mushrooms in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Do not wash mushrooms until you are ready to use them, as they may discolour.
One of the ongoing issues in trying to purchase local food is actually finding local food in our grocery stores. Many of the buying decisions are made in head offices, leaving our local stores with not much choice. Some of our locally grown agricultural products are found on local grocery stores – you just have to search for it. But if you don’t find them, ask your grocery store manager to stock more local food products.
If you want more information on mushrooms, including some great recipes, you can visit the Mushrooms Canada website at www.mushrooms.ca. We have two mushroom farms located in Chatham-Kent, and both are owned and operated by the Peeters family. Peeters Mushroom Farm (519-351-1945) is located at 8267 Middle Line, just west of Charing Cross, and their other operation is located at 19002 Communication Rd., just south of Blenheim. Both of these mushroom operations have mushrooms for sale to the public during regular office hours. The Charing Cross facility is open seven days a week and the Blenheim facility is open Monday to Friday.
There is nothing better than fresh locally grown delicious and nutritious mushrooms. Have some today and thank you again for supporting our local producers.
Thoughts for the week – To show His love, Jesus died for us. To show our love, we live for Him.
Just some food for thought.
Remember that here in Chatham-Kent ‘We Grow for the World’. Check out our community agricultural website atwww.wegrowfortheworld.com Kim Cooper has been involved in the agribusiness sector for over 45 years. He can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org You can also follow him onTwitter.com/theAGguy