Over recent decades there has been a huge upsurge in the popularity of various forms of mushrooms and their use as an ingredient in a wide variety of culinary activities.

Those of us who love mushrooms will, of course, welcome this. For some years, devotees were constantly distraught to see mushrooms badly prepared and often served as a sort of plate-filler type garnish looking distinctly unappetising.

The huge growth in mushroom recipes and mushroom facts has changed all that now, as has the increasing public and health profession's awareness of the beneficial qualities inherent in many types of fungus. However, there is still one area where there is scope for improvement in their use within the typical household - and that is in storage.

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It's a sad fact of life that today, much of the information we read relating to various forms of foodstuffs is actually oriented towards warning us of the dangers of one thing or another.

Cholesterol, fats, sugars, salt, additives, preservatives, prions - the list sometimes appears to be endless.

That's why it's a very pleasant change to start thinking and reading about mushrooms and mushroom nutritional facts.

To begin with, it's really great to notice just how free of 'bad things' mushrooms are. They have virtually no cholesterol or harmful fats and providing you select your mushrooms from a reputable provider or grow them yourself, you should be able to be fairly sure that they will also be free of any form of harmful artificial additives and preservatives.

Of course, saying something should be eaten just because it won't actually do you harm is rather a case of damning by a faint praise. It's also not something you need to do with mushrooms because they are really a wondrous foodstuff, being incredibly full of beneficial properties.

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Mushrooms have recently evolved as a wonder food. Increasing number of people have started experimenting with mushrooms. Mushrooms are extremely versatile and they can be cooked in different styles. Oriental cuisines include mushrooms in almost all of their dishes. Western cuisine has slowly started using mushrooms in their pizza toppings, pan cakes and other food items. If you are wondering what has led to sudden increase in consumption of mushrooms then the answer is the numerous health benefits. Mushrooms are beneficial in various aspects as they are actually a treasure house of vitamins and other nutrients. Let us look at some interesting health benefits

1. A particular variety of mushrooms known are cordyceps is used majorly in all Tibetan medicines. These mushrooms usually grow abundantly in wild. Studies have revealed that these mushrooms contain the ability to fight cancerous cells.

2. Mushrooms are high in fibre and also contain enzymes that aid digestion. These enzymes work efficiently in breaking down sugars and starch from food. Diabetic patients can greatly benefit from consumption of mushrooms as it regulates the production of insulin.

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Doctors have long touted the benefits of eating mushrooms for our overall health. They provide plenty of micro and macro nutrients as well as some of the most powerful medicines known in the world.

That's right. Scientists are aware of about 100 mushroom species that can promote better health when consumed. Out of those 100 species, 6 are known to provide a significant boost to your immune system.

Believe it or not, humans are very closely related to mushrooms in cellular structure. Because of these similarities, both mushrooms and humans are susceptible to infection by many of the same pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. Over time, mushrooms have evolved to resist such infections: antibiotics. These compounds have the same ability to fight off infection in humans and are the basis of many popularly prescribed antibiotics in human medicine such as Penicillin, streptomycin, and tetracycline.

Parasitic Fungi Showing Promise for Immune Disorders and Cancer

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Scientists may have found one of the natural food used in many different culture with a potential in reduced risk and protect against CVD.

Strong evidences through epidemiological studies suggested that regular consumption of fruits and vegetables is strongly associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD)(8)(9). Dietary fungi, such as, mushrooms, can protect against chronic disease by altering inflammatory environments through inhibition of inhibit cellular processes under pro-inflammatory conditions which are associated with CVD(1)(2).

According to Dr. Martin KR., ergothioneine (ERT), a novel antioxidant, presented in edible mushrooms, accumulated through diet was found effective in interrupted pro-inflammatory induction of adhesion molecule expression associated with atherogenesis(2).

Mushroom, a standard name of white button mushroom, the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus produced above ground on soil or on its food source, contains several important nutrients including Thiamine (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5), Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Selenium, Iron, Copper and Zinc which are necessary to maintain the growth, functions of the body as well as protected against chronic diseases(6)(7).

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I would like to start by saying mushroom gardening can be both fun and lucrative, no matter how big or small the operation. Shroom cultivation needs growth medium. How to make commercial growth medium is easy enough, and can considerably cut your costs when growing mushrooms. However, creating it can be a reasonably lengthy process, and you need to think about whether you'll actually be growing mushies on that large a scale. If you are, then making your own growth medium is just about the best thing that you can do. It depends on the quantity you wish to grow and on the amount of space you have available. If you're just getting started and would like to study the process, I would suggest that you buy one of the mushroom starter kits. These starter kits usually provide you with a container to grow the mushrooms in, a growth medium, and of course the spores or spawns (mycelium). Generally speaking, growing shrooms from such a kit is extremely easy.

You can sometimes get a good many fruit bodies from a single batch of growth medium and spawn, and they can provide some very nutritious and tasty meals for your family. So a mushroom growing kit is a great idea if you like mushies, or even if you want to learn the basics of farming them. But if you want to grow them on a larger scale, you're going to need more space. Of course they don't take up too much space to begin with, but you still need the bare minimum.

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Ganoderma is an herb that comes from the Reishi mushroom. Many herbs are taken for different medicinal purposes but ganoderma surpasses them all. Thus named the "King of Herbs," it is packed with powerful antioxidants and offers multiple health benefits.
In the US, this herb has not reached a level of popularity where it could be called well-known. If someone is asked if they have heard of ganoderma in this region of the world, it would not be surprising for the response to be, "gano-what?" Even spell-check - a tool trusted and utilized by people in all walks of life - does not contain the word ganoderma. Ganoderma does have a proven track record, though; it has been used in traditional Asian medicine for over 4,000 years.
Health Benefits of Ganoderma Lucidum
Ganoderma has been known for centuries for alkalizing and oxygenating the body to establish the foundation for a lifetime of good health, removing the basis for osteoporosis, arthritis, adult-onset diabetes, heart disease, and many other degenerative conditions including cancer. No disease can survive in a super oxygenated environment. When your body has sufficient oxygen, it thrives.

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Shiitake mushrooms are one of my favorite mushrooms. This brings me to a point where I have bad news and good news. The bad news is that Shiitake mushrooms are out of most peoples price range. You will find them at the average price of about $11.00 per lb. The good news is you can grow your own at home with some patience and elbow grease. Mushrooms are a mysterious food for most people. Mushrooms have all sorts of uses from cures for terminal diseases to edible treats. The Shiitake mushrooms are one of the most popular mushrooms in Asia and there is no mystery why. The taste of a log-grown Shiitake mushroom is unlike any other. I would classify it as a delectable protein, a lot like a meat. We use to occasionally purchase Shiitake mushrooms for holidays. We loved them when we could get them. Most supermarkets only have them seasonally, and unfortunately, they are usually in the process of drying out or, they are already dried out on the supermarket shelves. I never realized that when we ate them, they were not at their peak of goodness.

Since we try and grow, build, or make everything we use, we decided to give mushrooms a shot. This was about 2-3 years ago and since then, we have been bitten by the mushroom bug. We have grown many mushrooms but these are our favorite. When you try your first fresh one, you will find that it cannot be compared to what you buy at the store.

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It is being claimed in the Huffington Post that on 29th July in Puxiong, China that the worlds largest wild mushroom was found. The specimen weighed in at 33 pounds and was nearly 40 inches round. Amusingly the person who found it is trying to establish if it is a new world record. As anyone who knows anything about wild mushrooms (fungi) will know that this "wild mushroom" is actually a tiddler!

Wild mushrooms are made up from two parts, the mycelium (which is the main part) and the fruiting body (which is the "mushroom" as we know it). We eat the fruiting body and it is that part that most people consider to be the mushroom when in fact, it is the very long underground thread (mycelium) that is really the main part. The fruiting body only accounts for a small percentage of the overall animal.

There are however some much larger wild mushrooms. Back in 2000 a truly huge one was found, when measured it was estimated that the mycelium extended 3.5 miles and covered nearly 1700 football grounds. The fruiting bodies seen sprouting in fields will often have mycelium extending many miles into neighboring woods, this is where they gain most of their food as they have a "symbiotic" relationship with dead and dying trees.

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Mushrooms contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, mushrooms also have many benefits for the body and it is also delicious. However, note this if you intend to store the mushrooms in large quantities.

Amount of water content make fresh mushrooms but also perishable. Therefore, mushrooms should be stored in a proper way.

1. Store in a paper bag
Keep mushrooms in a paper bag, cloth, or towel. Keep mushrooms in the bottom shelf of the fridge. This will prevent mold and rot so sweaty.

2. Wash before cooking
If the fungus does not directly cooked, should not be washed first. Mushrooms will absorb a lot of water so as to accelerate the decay in storage.

3. Clean it with a brush To remove dirt on the mushrooms, wipe it with a tissue or a wet napkin. In addition, you can also use a pastry brush to clean the mold from the dirt.

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How is Ganoderma Healthy? Why is it Called "The King of Herbs." Undoubtedly, we live in a world with polluted environments and weird lifestyles that can endanger human health. At such a time like this, many people are looking for effective ways to maintain a healthy living in natural ways. Today, the discovery of Ganoderma is revolutionary, but then how is Ganoderma healthy?

Ganoderma is a natural medicinal mushroom that grows on pieces of decaying woods. More that 4,000 years ago, the Chinese greatly valued the mushroom as it was believed to be more precious than gold and diamonds. Their belief stemmed from the fact that it could help them to have an immortal life. This has been one of the Chinese health secrets in the area of anti-aging.

For a long time, there have been arguments on the natural herb as regard its potential of being a health-promoting substance, rather than a means to immortality. Scientific research has proved that it can greatly improve on human health, and that it does not require any prescription. It's also reported that it does not interfere with drugs if taken together with the mushroom. Another critical value of Ganoderma is that it does not affect any part of the body in an adverse way. Its consumption is therefore good for the body in every way. By virtue of its numerous health benefits, the plant is often called the "King of Herbs."

Some Healthy Values of Ganoderma

• Taking Ganoderma supplements on a daily basis can enhance detoxification which is the process that cleans the body by washing out all the bad toxins that are already accumulated as a result of beverage and food consumption, medications and other human activities. Once the toxins are eliminated, the body can function very well and be free from possible health problems.

• Reduction in a personal level of stress has been one of the benefits attributed to Ganoderma mushroom. This Magical Mushroom can be a great remedy for dealing with stress. People handle stress in diverse ways; an in-take of Ganoderma supplements is a sure way to manage stress because it controls all the factors that cause it in the first place. It gives vitality to the mind and the body.

• Also, the possibility of having a better sleeping pattern is one of the greatest results attributed to the herbal plant. Of course, sleeping for six straight hours without waking up at all might be regarded as a miracle for many people. On the other hand, if you sleep and wake up several times in the night, you wouldn't feel good. In that case, you might be dull throughout the day while at work. These days, there have been many testimonies of people whose sleeping pattern changed after they started to take supplements that contain the medicinal plant.

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Surely if you are a mushroom lover, you want to know how to grow mushrooms. Naturally, you would be curious about mushrooms.That is perfectly normal. It would to no surprise if avid mushroom eaters would want to grow their own mushrooms. After all, mushrooms are great sources of protein.

Contrary to the common knowledge that mushroom growing would entail an enormous amount of skills as well as a specialized kind of technique in growing these little gems, mushrooms are the no-frills kind. AS long as their food is given and all the necessary requirements are reached, all the grower has to do is to wait until it is time for harvest. True, when you live in the countryside, you can grow as many as you can. Just because you live in the city does not mean you may not be able to grow your own mushroom garden. So long as you have the space, your medium and some spores, you can make mushrooms by batches. Similar to the countryside, you basically let them be, Making sure that they have ample food to eat and humidity and the temperature is just enough, your mushrooms will pop like little white globs on your medium right before your eyes!

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Gourmet mushroom growers, large and small, always end up with harvested mushrooms that are not good enough for fresh sales to consumers. The mushrooms may have cosmetic defects, or you may have more mushrooms than customers. One of the best ways to turn that surplus into profits is to make value-added products to sell that can be stored until sold.

Here are seven of the best value-added mushroom products - all easy to process, and requiring no expensive equipment or packaging:

1. Mushroom jerky. This is a popular snack for vegetarians and non-vegetarians as well. Oyster mushrooms are best, and easy to prepare. Simply remove the gills, clean and marinate in diluted soy sauce (1 cup water and 2 tablespoons soy sauce) for an hour or so, then drain. Bake until tender, then place in a food dehydrator until dry. Package in plastic bags with a well-designed label. These are delicious, so be sure to give out samples to passerby's at the farmer's market.

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The mushroom was once thought of as an unworthy type of organism. It is grown in strange conditions and sometimes in some very strange areas. It is not very attractive. What is there to like? Well, today the mushroom has been upgraded to an almost "royal" status. It has been touted as helping everything from headaches and your immune system to fighting cancer! And the mushroom perks up so many recipes that they might be called mushroom recipes! Now, what is NOT to like? Why not find ways to add this magical fungus to many of your recipes?

There are several different kinds of mushrooms from which to choose. But, please do your choosing at the grocery store. Unless you are an expert, this is not one growing thing that you want to pick yourself! Many, of course, can be poisonous, and you don't want to take that chance. So when looking for mushrooms for your mushroom recipes, the approved grocery store is your best place!

Mushroom recipes don't have to be special recipes. You can take a recipe that you like and just add mushrooms to it. This works especially well for beef and chicken recipes, but there are vegetarian dishes that it works for too. A side of broccoli can be immediately perked up when a few mushrooms are added. Sometimes you can even substitute mushrooms for your meat. Thick and meaty Portobello are great for this. Many people use a big Portobello mushroom instead of a burger. It is delicious when cooked on the grill and topped with a piece of cheese for a cheeseburger!

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Who says that mushroom growing can be a complicated task? When you know what you are doing, any task can be easy breezy. Mushroom growing is like that. To grow mushrooms is not hard and the step by step process of doing so is not difficult at all.

This article is not about where to grow the mushrooms or what to use as storage for already-growing ones. That is covered in some other article. This article is about how to plant the spores or spawns, the "seeds" of the mushroom. Also included in this article are some practices on how to take care of the mushrooms.

If you are a beginner, the best route to follow if you want to grow your own batch of mushrooms is to buy a mushroom kit. Each kit is specialized,depending on what kind of mushroom you want to grow. This also allows you to learn more about a certain mushroom, how it behaves and the likes.

When you buy a mushroom kit, the spawn may be of two types. It can be in flake form or in bricks. The method of planting also differs according to the type of spawn. If you are a beginner, it is best to buy both and see which one would suit your preference best. To give you an idea how these two work, here is some partial information about the two methods of planting mushrooms. Flakes are mixed with the substrate or medium first. You spread a quarter of the mix over an area of 15 ft2. You need to cover the entire area of the mix if your area is wide.

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