The Magic of Mushrooms

The Magic of Mushrooms

  • 24 March 2021
We are exploring the magic of mushrooms.. That is, the edible kind!

Mushrooms are popular for their amazing health benefits and their culinary versatility. The meaty texture of some mushrooms can be a nutritious yet satisfying substitute for meat in many dishes, and Mushroom Coffee is even a thing now.

The health benefits of mushrooms

Mushrooms are a great addition to the diet. Studies have shown mushroom consumption may help prevent certain cancers, manage diabetes and support cardiovascular health.
Some of the benefits of mushrooms include:
  • Source of Vitamin D
  • Rich source of potassium, selenium and phosphorus
  • Contain B-Vitamins
  • Low calorie/kilojoule content
  • Low in fat
  • Cholesterol free
  • High concentration of antioxidants, namely ergothioneine and glutathione

Types of mushrooms

There are many different types of edible mushrooms. Here are some of the most popular.

Button mushrooms - this most common type that you’ll find in every supermarket. They have a mild taste, are very versatile and can be eaten raw or cooked. They can be used for virtually any recipe, including pizzas, soups, salads, and pastas.

Portobello - This is a more mature and larger version of the button mushroom - Portobellos are the final full-grown stage of the button mushroom’s life. They have a meaty texture and earthy flavour. They are great for grilling and stuffing and can even be used as a low carb burger bun substitute.

Oyster - They have a mild and sweet flavour and are often used in Chinese cuisine for stir-fries and soups.

Shiitake - Have a rich, earthy flavour and are popular in Asian Cuisine. They are often sold dried. Their meaty texture means they’re great to use in stir-fries, and can also be sautéed, fried, and roasted.

Shimeji - Have long stems and tight concave caps. They can taste quite bitter when eaten raw, so they should always be cooked. Often used in Japanese cooking and soups, stews, noodles, and stir fires.

Our top mushroom recipes

Mushroom Risotto
Quick and easy mushroom risotto made with a variety of different mushrooms.

Pommes Aligot with Crumbed Mushrooms
crumbed fried mushrooms, creamy butter potato mash and earthy greens.

Funghi Feta Pasta
A creamy stroganoff style mushroom, grape tomato and black olive spaghetti with salty feta and herbs.

Shiitake Ramen
Sesame, ginger and garlic infused ramen broth with shiitake mushrooms, kale and carrots, topped with sriracha and crunchy golden panko crumbs.

Vegan Stir Fry
A quick mushroom & bell pepper stir-fry. With Soba noodles, sweet & sour teriyaki & toasted cashew nuts.