When we talk about cooking with mushrooms, most of us think of one or two specific, prominent types, such as portabella or shitake.
Did you know there are over 10,000 known species of mushrooms?
That’s a fraction of the estimated 140,000 species of fungi on earth. While not all fungi produce mushrooms, many do, and of those, only a small percentage is edible.
To complicate things further, not all edible mushrooms taste good. That is why your local Australian mushroom supplier is an invaluable resource for all your mushroom information and supplying needs.
Despite the small percentage of edible mushroom species, the choices of fungi for creating tasty, nutritious dishes are plentiful. Recipes for mushroom dishes are numerous and available on the Internet, often through the Website of your local mushroom supplier.
The mushrooms sold via mushroom suppliers are cultivated; as with any crop, mushroom crops are tended and monitored carefully to ensure high-quality and consistency. Consumers of this truly unique food can be assured; recipes created with different types of mushrooms will yield different, but consistent results.
Since mushrooms vary not only in size, but in texture and flavour, one is free to experiment not only with a variety of recipes, but with a variety of mushrooms as well.
- Combinations are also wonderful – try a blend of exotic mushrooms or seasonal favourites, using a variety of herbs and spices to season and bring out the best in your mushroom dish.
- Add mushrooms to soups, curry dishes, or stir-fry, or grill large, meaty mushrooms such as portabellas and try a delicious alternative to a hamburger meat patty.
- Mushrooms can be seasoned in countless ways, combined with meats or other vegetables to add unique flavour to established recipes, or used as a full meat substitute in everything from Italian cooking to Mexican food.
- Many Asian cultures have used mushrooms as a dietary staple for centuries, citing increased immune strength, weight stabilization, and overall health.
- Modern studies support these ancient, intuitive findings – studies have shown that mushrooms contain vitamins D and B, antioxidants, and natural antibiotic properties. Conversely, they contain no fat, cholesterol, or gluten, and are very low in sodium.
Because of their consistency, meaty mushrooms give the feel of eating meat in the mouth, and as such are excellent for those wishing to make a transition to a vegetarian diet but fear craving the “mouth-fullness” of meat. Other wonderful types of smaller mushrooms are also meaty, such as the white button variety (which also happens to be a common mushroom), so don’t think that a small mushroom can’t pack a meaty punch just as well as a large one. Try a variety to discover what satisfies your own meat cravings most. Smaller mushrooms are a perfect substitute for meat, such as the meatballs in spaghetti or as a substitute for beef or chicken in enchiladas or tacos.
With so many options for tasty, healthful culinary experimentation, who can resist? Get to know your local mushroom supplier and step into a world of delightful, healthful cuisine.
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