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Veg of the Month – Mushroom

Mushrooms are the only vegetable in the Goodlife office that divide opinions – it’s very much a “marmite” subject: we either love them, or hate them! They’re really versatile and each variety has its own unique flavour – often a very woody/earthy flavour. The main varieties we’ll see in supermarkets are Button, Shiitake, Oyster, Chestnut, Portobello and Porcini.

Mushrooms tend to grow in damp, dark places – often on the bark of a tree. However, some mushrooms grow underground, and these are known as truffles! Although truffles are much more expensive than mushrooms – due to the fact they are much more difficult to find or grow.

It’s really easy to cook mushrooms, and they can be used in so many different dishes to add more flavour and texture. For example, Porcini mushrooms tend to be dried, so need to be soaked in warm water to re-hydrate before eating. The Porcini is one of the top varieties of mushroom in the Goodlife HQ – we’ve even used it in one of our recipes on the recipe page – The Cauliflower¬†& Mature Cheddar Sausage with Porcini Mushroom Risotto¬†recipe! You could also try them shallow fried in a pan with some carbonara sauce, garlic butter and parsley to make some cheesy garlic mushrooms, or stuffed with some vegetable cous cous and a sprinkling of grated cheese. Yum!


No Way?!

  • There’s a name for people who study mushrooms – a mycologist!
  • One mycologist named Bruno Cetto identified 2,147 types of mushroom, both edible and inedible.
  • There’s a mushroom museum in Zagreb, Croatia; which contains over 5,000 live exhibits of mushrooms
  • The fear of mushrooms is “Mycophobia”
  • Just over 20% of the different types of mushrooms can make you incredibly in – 1% of them are so poisonous, they can even kill you (so stick to buying mushrooms in your local supermarket!)
  • According to studies, it’s thought that the Ancient Egyptians, over 4,000 years ago considered mushrooms to be the plant of immortality.
  • Two Roman Emperors were reportedly killed by eating poisonous mushrooms – Tiberius and Claudius.
  • A “fairy ring” is a formation of mushrooms which occurs naturally, with the fungi forming an almost perfect circle.
  • There’s a type of mushroom that begins to dissolve itself shortly after being picked – so must eaten pretty quickly.