5 Things You Didn’t Know About Mushrooms

Beef and Mushroom Stir Fry“I didn’t know that!!”

That’s the response I usually get when I tell people interesting facts about mushrooms. You see, there are a lot of fascinating things that you probably don’t know about mushrooms, they are like nature’s hidden treasure.

Here are 5 fascinating things you likely didn’t know about mushrooms.

1. Like humans, mushrooms can convert sunlight into vitamin D. The human body is an amazing thing; it can take sunlight absorb it through the skin, and convert it into something it needs to survive – vitamin D. Much like the humans, mushrooms also create vitamin D when exposed to UV light. In fact, when humans eat 4 or 5 mushrooms that have been exposed to UV light they can get their daily requirement of the sunshine vitamin. Bright idea!

2. Potassium, not just in banana’s. One large portabella has more potassium than a banana. Not to mention is a good source of riboflavin, niacin, copper, pantothenic acid and selenium. What a superfood!

3. Fresh Canadian mushrooms are grown 24/7/365. That’s right! Because mushrooms are grown indoors, on farms they are available fresh every day of the year. The only day a mushroom farm shuts down is Christmas.

4. Mushroom Umami could replace salt. Mushrooms have this fabulous naturally occurring glutamate in them which makes the foods they are served with taste better – so skip on the salt and add some sautéed mushrooms!

5. Mushrooms taste great!

Ok, ok, that was more or less 4 things you didn’t know about mushrooms because I am positive that everybody knows they taste good! 🙂

Do you have a question about mushrooms that you need answered? Ask away!

National Cheese Lovers’ Week… and other foodie holidays

Did you know that this week is National Cheese Lovers’ Week? Neither did I until I logged onto Twitter about 10 minutes ago!

Then it got me thinking, what other National Foodie Holidays don’t I know about? There must be hundreds…

Well, it turns out there is pretty much a day for everything!

For example: February 4th is Stuffed Mushroom Day (hooray!), March 20th is National Ravioli Day, May 8th is Empanada Day, June 19th is National Dry Martini Day, July 29th is Lasagna Day… and the list literally goes on and on!

I’m not one to pass up a good holiday celebration, so in honour of National Cheese Lovers’ Week, here are three of my favourite cheesy recipes…

Mushroom Baked BrieCheesy Mushroom DipMushroom Grilled CheeseCheck out The Nibbler for the full list of Foodie Holidays!

What’s your favourite foodie day?