Mushrooms , ToadStools and Other Fungi

Have You Ever Tried Oyster Mushrooms?

Here we have Oyster Mushrooms growing on a tree. Oyster mushrooms are a wild or cultivated gray mushroom with a short stem and a ruffled cap that resembles an oyster shell. It's best grilled, roasted, stir-fried, or sauteed in butter.
Here we have Oyster Mushrooms growing on a tree. Oyster mushrooms are a wild or cultivated gray mushroom with a short stem and a ruffled cap that resembles an oyster shell. It's best grilled, roasted, stir-fried, or sauteed in butter. | Source
A trumpet-shaped wild mushroom with a delicate flavor. They range in color from golden to yellow-orange.
A trumpet-shaped wild mushroom with a delicate flavor. They range in color from golden to yellow-orange. | Source
Portobello mushrooms are a cultivated mushroom that's actually a large mature cremini.
Portobello mushrooms are a cultivated mushroom that's actually a large mature cremini.
White Buton Mushrooms are a cultivated all purpose mushroom.
White Buton Mushrooms are a cultivated all purpose mushroom.

Mushrooms Can Prevent Or Cure Cancer

White button mushrooms are known to possess properties that greatly enhance the immune system.

Breast Cancer And Mushrooms

Women who consume fresh mushrooms on a daily basis are 64 percent less likely to develop breast cancer. And those that consume fresh mushrooms and green tea are 94 percent less likely to develop breast cancer. Studies on mushrooms have shown that by eating a diet rich in fresh mushrooms that you are far less likely to develop cancer of any type.

Many medical practitioners and researchers are studying the medicinal properties of mushrooms and their effect on cancer cell growth. Mushrooms are super foods and should be included in the diet of anyone eating foods that are supposed to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells.

Sparassis Crispa Mushrooms Are known to have anti cancer properties.

Here is another mushroom said to slow or stop cancer cell growth.
Here is another mushroom said to slow or stop cancer cell growth. | Source
Trametes gibbosa (Daedalea gibbosa). Extracts from this mushroom are said to slow or stop leukemia cell growth.
Trametes gibbosa (Daedalea gibbosa). Extracts from this mushroom are said to slow or stop leukemia cell growth. | Source

Mushroom Health Benefits

Did you know that mushrooms contain some of the most potent natural medicienes on the planet. Currently there are about 100 mushrooms being studied for their medicinal properties.

It is important when eating mushrooms for their medicinal properties that you know where your mushrooms come from and what they are grown on. This is why when ever possible that you should eat mushrooms that have been organically grown. Mushrooms tend to absorb what ever they are grown on.

Did you know that as strange as it may be we are more closely related to fungi. ( Mushrooms ) We share the same pathogens, meaning bacteria and viruses.

As a potent defense against bacterial invaison mushrooms have developed very stron antibiotics which are also really good for us humans. did you know that penicillian, tetracycline, and streptomycin are all found in extracts from mushrooms.

By eating a diet rich in fresh mushrooms you will become healthier. Did you know that white button mushrooms are an excellent food choice for diabetics.

Be sure that if you want to know about the health benefits of mushrooms that you watch the below videos. I've been eating fresh mushrooms and I think they have really improved my health.

Mushrooms , Toadstools and Other Fungi

Mushrooms , Toadstools and the Yeast that is used to make bread are all different kinds of fungi. Although some fungi grow in the ground , they are not plants because they cannot make their own food. Fungi play a very important roll in nature. They break down dead plant and animal matter so that the base chemicals of which the dead plants and animals were made of can be used again.

Fungus Spores are every where. If they land where there is warmth and nutrients the fungi will develop and grow.

Mushrooms and Toadstools

Mushrooms and Toadstools are the fruiting bodies of various forms of fungi. The fruiting bodies usually form in autumn but the fungi are in the soil the rest of the year. They grow in damp fields and dark woods and they do not need sunlight to grow.

Mushrooms and Toad Stools

Mushrooms and Toad Stools are the fruiting bodies of fungi. The fruiting bodies usually form in the fall but the fungi are in the ground the rest of the year. They grow in dark woods and damp fields and do not need sun light to grow.

The medicine Penicillin , is made from a fungus called Penicillin that grows on fruit. Penicillin gives off chemicals that kill bacteria. Other types of Penicillin are used to make various types of cheese.

Mushroom Dictionary

Chanterelle.

A trumpet-shaped wild mushroom with a delicate flavor and chewy texture, it ranges in color from golden to yellow-orange. It can be cooked seperatly or added to other dishes.

Crimini.

The cultivated brown variety of the button mushroom, it's usually a little larger and firmer but can be used in place of white mushrooms.

Cloud Or Wood Ear.

A ruffled, brown-black Chinese mushroom with almost no flavor. It's crunchy and used to add texture to soups and stir-fries. It's sometimes available fresh, but it's usually sold dried.

Enoki.

An Asian cultivated mushroom that grows in clumps. It has long, slender stems and tiny caps. Cut away and discard the mass at the base of the clump before using. This mushroom is good eaten raw in salads.

Matsutake.

A delicate wild Japanese mushroom with a slightly pointed, thick, dark cap and meaty stem. Tp prepare, sauté or wrap in foil and place on the grill. The matsutake is available fresh or canned.

Morel.

A wild mushroom with an elongated honeycomb cap and a rich smoky flavor that pairs with chicken, veal, cream sauces, and eggs. It's available fresh, dried, and canned.

Oyter.

A wild or cultivated gray mushroom with a short stem and a ruffled cap that resembles an oyster shell. It's best grilled, roasted, stir-fried, or sauted in butter. It's available fresh, dried, and canned.

Porcini.

Also known as wild cepe mushrooms, porcini are available fresh, but are more commonly sold dried. They are brown with a strong woodsy, nutty flavor and can be used in soups, sauces, and risotto.

Portobello.

A cultivated mushroom that's actually a large, mature cremni. It's prized for its huge cap that has a meaty flavor and texture. The underneth gills and stems aren't always used. The gills tend to turn foods a gray color, so grill or roast portobellos separately and then add to pasta sauces or polenta. If using portobellos in a light sauce, remove the dark gills to avoid darkening the sauce.

Shiitake.

A cultivated Asian mushroom that's fresh or dried. It has a floppy, flat cap and rich, meaty flavor. Typically, only the cap is eaten.

Straw.

Grown on straw left in rice paddies, these small, globe-shaped mushrooms have an earthy flavor and beige or brown color. The mushrooms are available only canned out-side Asia and can be used in soups and stir-fries.

White Button.

A cultivated all-purpose mushroom that's fairly bland, but absorbs flavor when added to savory dishes. It comes in several sizes, the small are good for sauteing in butter. The larger are good for stuffing or broiling. They come fresh, dried, or canned.

Mushroom Storage.

Refrigerate fresh mushrooms, unwashed, for no more than 3 days. They're best kept in a paper or cloth bag that allows them to breathe. Spread delicate varieties in a single layer on a tray and cover with a damp cloth. Do not store mushrooms in plastic because this causes them to deteriorate more quickly.

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Preparing And Eating Mushrooms

Clean fresh mushrooms with a mushroom brush or damp paper towel just before using. Never clean fresh mushrooms by soaking them in water, they're like sponges and will absorb the water and lose their texture. We do sometimes give them a quick rinse and pat them dry with paper towels when we are about to use them.

Mushroom.

Mushrooms are a member of the fungus family that's available in many different varieties, but usually consists of a stem and a cap. Mushrooms have a rich, earthy flavor and basically fall into two categories. Cultivated and wild.

Cultivated mushrooms are commonly found in most supermarkets, but modern cooks consider the flavor of wild mushrooms to be more exotic and exciting. However, it's vitally important to know which species are edible and which are poisonous. Some wild mushrooms are fatally toxic and can closely resemble edible varieties. Never pick or eat a wild mushroom unless a trained expert collector has identified them. Many supermarkets now carry wild mushrooms that have been professionally farmed and are not poisonous. Most cultivated mushrooms are avilable fresh, but many varieties are sold canned or dried. Common button or white mushrooms are often used for canned mushrooms.

What Is The Best Way To Reconstitute Dried Mushrooms

Cover them in hot water, wine, broth, or vinegar, and soak for thirty minutes. Then squeeze them with your fingers to drain thoroughly. The soaking liquid is also very flavorful, if possible, strain the liquid and add it to your recipe.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms can be traced back to the Egyptian pharohs. They are an excellent source of nutrients and are a fungus with out any roots or leaves. There are approximately 38,000 varieties of mushrooms, many toxic, and a few varieties that are edible. It is best to never pick and eat a wild mushroom.

Mushrooms contain the chemical substance "hydrazine" which is found mainly in the stems. Cooking tends to neautralize this chemical, therefore mushrooms should be cooked. However, most of the "hydrazine" is found in the stems.

They are available year round but are best November through March. Be sure that caps are closed around the stems and refrigerate soon after purchasing. Mushrooms can be kept white and firm when sauteing if you add just a teaspoon of lemon juice to each quarter pound of butter or 1/2 cup of olive oil.

Mushrooms Need Room To Breathe

Fresh mushrooms have a very short shelf life of only 2 - 3 days and need to be stored in an open container in the refrigerator. Plastic containers should never be used since they tend to retain moisture.

Best to use the original container or a paper product to store them in. Never clean them before storing them, they will retain moisture and become soggy. If you need to keep them stored for a few days place a layer of cheesecloth on top of the container. If they do become shriveled, they can be sliced and used in many dishes. When freezing mushrooms, just wipe them off with a piece of damp cloth or paper towel. Slice them and sauté them in a small amount of butter until they are done. Allow them to cool and then put them in a zip lock bag and freeze if you need to. Mushrooms do not contain any sodium.


Fly Agaric is very poisonous. It grows under birch and pine trees.

Fly Agaric takes sugars from the trees it lives on. In return the trees benefits from the nutrients released by the fungus. But remember Fly Agaric is deadly poisonous. Never eat any wild mushroom unless you are 100 percent sure that it is safe.
Fly Agaric takes sugars from the trees it lives on. In return the trees benefits from the nutrients released by the fungus. But remember Fly Agaric is deadly poisonous. Never eat any wild mushroom unless you are 100 percent sure that it is safe. | Source

Mushrooms, Toadstools and Fungi

Autumn Fungi

Psilocybin Mushrooms , Also Called Magic Mushrooms

Psilocybin Mushrooms , Also Called Magic Mushrooms
Psilocybin Mushrooms , Also Called Magic Mushrooms | Source

Psilocybin Mushrooms

Psilocybin mushooms are also called Psilocybian Mushrooms and they are a fungi that does contain psychedelic substances simular to LSD. They are often referred to as Shrooms or Magic Mushrooms.

Though Magic Mushrooms themselves are not addictive they can have severe consequences when combined with alcoholic beverages or marijuna. In 2006 there were 3443 cases of people going to the hospital to seek help after they had ingested magic mushrooms. Most were in Florida where the magic mushrooms grow in cow pastures.

Below are some videos where you can learn a lot of interesting information about Magic Mushrooms.

Magic Mushrooms

A Fairy Ring Of Mushrooms Occurs Naturally In Nature

Fairy Ring Toadstools often grow in rings and where the fungus grows there is a ring of rich green grass.
Fairy Ring Toadstools often grow in rings and where the fungus grows there is a ring of rich green grass. | Source

Do You Know What A Fairy Ring Is

A Fairy Ring of Mushrooms occurs naturally in Nature and a lot of people think it is something mysterious while in all likelihood it occurs completely naturally.

In English and Irish folklore the Fairy Rings are said to be created by elf's or fairies. A lot of people especially in Ireland think that fairy rings are a doorway into the land of the fairies and they won't let a child near a fairy ring for fear that the child will be taken by the fairies and made into a fairy.

Always remember that many toadstools and mushrooms are extremely poisonous . Never pick or handle them whatsoever $6 unless you are 100 percent sure you know what you are doing.

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