Edible Mushroom

Eat edible mushrooms not poisonous ones!

  • Edible mushrooms are fleshy, edible food from the species macro-fungi.
  • Edible mushrooms are eaten by humans, and cultivated ones are often eaten raw in a salad, or cooked in stirfries, stews, sauces and other dishes.
  • Wild mushrooms need to be thoroughly inspected and identified to see if they are edible, as they can often be poisonous, even if they look edible.
  • Edible mushrooms have a long history in China and have been eaten in that country hundreds of years BC.
  • Edible mushrooms are cultivated in a least 60 countries.

Mushroom, white, edible, eat, five, lots, bunches, Ten Random Facts, Australia

  • There are over 20 species of mushrooms that are edible.
  • Some mushrooms are used in traditional medicine, and are called medicinal mushrooms, although they are not necessarily considered edible.
  • Some species of mushrooms are poisonous when raw, and when cooked the toxins are eliminated, and are then edible.
  • China is the biggest producer of mushrooms in the world, harvesting over 45% of the world’s mushrooms, and producing 1,458,952 tonnes (1,608,219 tons) of edible mushrooms in 2008, followed by the United States with 329,816 tonnes (363,560 tons) in 2008.
  • Edible mushrooms contain very large quantities of vitamin D2 if they have been exposed to UV light, even for a short time, and a serve of mushrooms can easily give a person more than their recommended daily requirements of vitamin D.
Edible Mushroom, 2013, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edible_mushroom>
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