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Unusual Places in Pennsylvania: The Largest Mushroom Grower In the World
September is Mushroom Month in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania is in the leading mushroom growing region in North America, supporting the largest mushroom grower in the world, called Creekside Mushrooms Ltd. The company operations look like a mining company, since the fungi are grown underground and the workers wear miner's hats. In fact, Creekside's parent company, Sylvan, Inc. is involved in other types of actual mining as well, including limestone mining.
The mushroom company and many other mushroom growers in Pennsylvania experienced a decline in 2009 during the Recession of 2008 - 2010, but many that included Creekside recovered.However, they did not resume their higher production rates of 1993, when the company employed nearly 1,000 workers. In 2012, the company reported 500 employees to the University of Pennsylvania agricultural business data base, along with a new website under construction.
Their products are marketed under the brand names Sno*Top, Moon-Bello's, and Moonlight Mushrooms. Processing/distribution plants are located in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.
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Creekside Mushrooms Ltd.
Creekside Mushrooms Ltd is on One Moonlight Drive.
Creekside is owned by Sylvan Inc. in nearby Kitanning PA. Sylvan owns and distributes mushroom spawn, mushrooms (via Creekside) and "fungal products" that are dietary supplements, via its Sylvan Bio division. It is the largest such company in the world and further affiliated with the larger Snyder Brothers, Inc. group of companies.
Sno*Top is a processor of Moonlight Mushrooms in number 10 cans (restaurant size) in North Lima, Ohio a few miles south of Youngstown.
Sno*Top in North Lima OH
This town is on the opposite side of the State from Lima, Ohio.
Active in 65 different nations globally, Sylvan also dedicates itself to research into mushrooms and mushroom varieties for better products. Some of their affiliates include:
- Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. The most up to date mushroom information globally is available at this link: http://www.gombaforum.hu/?lang=en
- Fujian Mushroom, China
- Plant Research International, Wageningen, Holland
- Southern Cross University, Australia
- University of Sydney, Australia
Sylvan Bio markets
- Red Yeast Rice capsules for regulating LDL cholesterol and
- Agaricus blazei for enhancing the human immune system and producing interferon and interleukin in the body.
A load of antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins are available in the produce aisle from white and brown fungi, commonly known as mushrooms. Mushrooms are low in calories, cholesterol and sodium, and they provide plenty of fiber and flavor when cooked.
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- Red Yeast Rice for Dyslipidemia in Statin-Intolerant Patients
Red yeast rice is an herbal supplement that decreases low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol level.
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Owned by an Oil and Natural Gas Company
Sylvan, in turn, is owned by Snyder Brothers, Inc. This is one of the largest independent producers of natural gas in Pennsylvania since the 1970s, drilling 150 wells per year.
Involved in construction, limestone mining, and other businesses as well, Snyder Brothers, Inc. is headquartered in Armstrong County PA near both Sylvan and Creekside Mushrooms Ltd.
Creekside Mushroom VarietiesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Creekside's MOONLIGHT brand mushroom are 100% organic, selling 60 million pounds annually.
In business listings, Creekside Mushrooms Ltd is found under Mushrooms: Packaged in Cans, Jars, Etc. Founded in 2003, the company employees at least 500 workers.
Mushrooms grown processed:
- Dried Mushrooms
- Morel Mushrooms
- Maitake Mushrooms
- Psilocybin Mushrooms
- Reishi Mushrooms
It is not widely known why Creekside produces psilocybin mushrooms. They contain a hallucinogen found in tropical and subtropical climates in South America, Mexico, and the United States. These fungi usually contain 0.2% to 0.4% psilocybin and a trace amount of psilocyn. Johns Hopkins medical researchers are studying the drugs for use in psychological and psychiatric applications. Presumably, Creekside produces these mushrooms, nicknamed Magic Mushrooms, for research purposes as an affiliate of Sylvan, Inc.
According to the US Department of Justice, Psilocybin is a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act.
Notice the structure of the serotonin molecule found naturally in the human brain with similarities in molecules of the two hallucinogenic substances discussed above. The main effect of psilocin on brain chemistry is on the receptors for serotonin. Psilocybin may allow serotonin to have a longer time to act in the synapse between brain cells, leading to mood elevation.
Introduction to Mushrooms
This is the recipe for the very first dish I ever ate that contained mushrooms or crab meat.
These stuffed mushrooms were light and delicious - still are - and not filling. I must have eaten enough for 3 people.
CRAB-STUFFED MUSHROOMS: Cook Time
- 1/4 cup green onions, minced
- 2 tsp Butter
- 4 oz Canned crab meat, drained
- 2 Tbsp Fresh parsley, chopped
- 2 Cloves garlic, minced
- 2 1/4 Cup small white mushrooms, without stems
- Add green onions and butter to a small bowl and microwave on High for 2 minutes.
- Stir in crab meat, parsley, and garlic and stir well.
- Place half the mushrooms, stemmed (concave) sides up, onto an 8" or 9" pie plate.
- Fill each mushroom cap with 1 tsp crab meat mixture and microwave on High about 3 minutes.
- Remove mushrooms and place on a serving plate.
- Repeat in batches until all mushrooms are heated.
- Allow finished dish to rest 3 minutes and serve with hot sauce at the table or buffet..
Amanita Muscaria In Tasmania, Australia
The Amanita muscaria is known as "fly agaric", as it attracts and kill flies. While it does not contain psilocybin or psilocin, it contains hallucinogens muscimol and ibotenic acid.
© 2012 Patty Inglish