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Category: Mushrooms...

  • commercially grown mushrooms are more than 90 percent water, less than 3 percent protein, less than 5 percent carbohydrate
  • every mushroom intended for eating should be accurately identified
  • mushrooms are classified by cap shape
  • mushroom is the term for edible sporophores; toadstool is for inedible or poisonous sporophores
  • mushrooms have insignificant nutritional value but offer flavor and texture, they are more than 90% water
  • Life is too short to stuff a mushroom. (S. Conran)
  • the annual National Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne City, Michigan, and other such mushroom-hunting events
  • it is advisable to cook mushrooms as quickly as possible after purchase; they are best wiped off rather than washed
  • there are more than 50,000 species of mushroom and they stand apart in their lack of leaves, chlorophyll, flowers, and roots
  • the Egyptian pharaohs and Romans believed mushrooms to be strength-giving
  • mushrooms are said to be laxative, antibiotic, cholesterol-lowering, and even aphrodisiac