Mushrooms have been mystical to me ever since I was a young child. Every fall my Uncle Joe would take a few days and go off into the woods to find mushrooms. I remember he would come home with paper bags filled up to the top with these odd looking fungal specimens. The adults would joke around about mushrooms having the ability to kill you - and then my Uncle Joe would pull a silver dollar out of a draw and throw it in a pot of boiling water with the mushrooms.....I don't remember how long it took or what would happen to the silver if one of the mushrooms was poisonous (they never were), but it was always a time of year that I came to expect the mushroom rituals.. There were always mushrooms, a silver dollar, and garlic. Lots and lots of garlic.
The more I learn about mushrooms...the more amazed I become. I must admit that I am learning more about mushrooms today than I ever have in my life. I have been emerged in all things mushrooms ever since deciding to provide a much needed service to Cape Cod.. I had no idea of how many different varieties of mushrooms there are! I had no idea of the health benefits associated with mushrooms! I had no idea that a mushroom 'can help save the world ', as scientist/author, and mycologist Paul Stamets says.
Mushrooms do not grow the same way that plants grow. Mushrooms 'breath' like us....they take in oxygen fresh air and they release carbon dioxide. Plants "breath" the opposite. Plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the air. You will find mushrooms growing in a variety of different ways. Some mushrooms require a living host ( a live tree ) to grow, some require a dead host in which to grow ( a tree stump / dead tree ), and others, well they just pop out of the ground; usually close to their symbiotic tree friends..
Mushrooms have been used in eastern medicine for thousands of years. Westerners are finally catching on. Mushrooms are eaten for food, used to prevent and manage dis-ease in the body, are being studied for biological remediation techniques ( cleaning up oil spills ) , and can guide us upon out path of "spiritual enlightenment'.
I hope that I can get you excited about mushrooms the same way that I am. Stop thinking of mushrooms as just some topping on a pizza......they offer so much more, and should be given the respect they deserve.
Mushrooms of the Pleurotus genus are saprophytic. Saprophytic mushrooms grow on dead and decaying plant matter and wood. They break down the wood until only carbon dioxide and minerals remain.
Oyster mushrooms have been shown to reduce E. coli and breakdown hydrocarbons ( oil ) in polluted water. Scientists are hard at work discovering new ways that mushrooms can benefit us....from giving us nutrition to cleaning up oil spills!
There are many different species of Oyster mushroom. Here are several that you are apt to find available: P. eryngi (king oyster ) , P. pulmonaris ( pheonix oyster ), P. ostreatus ( pearl oyster , blue oyster )., P. djamor ( pink oyster ), and P. citrinopileatus (yellow oyster) ..
Oyster mushrooms are delicate mushrooms with a light flavor, They have been described as having a very subtle seafood flavor, Others have described the flavor as having a hint of anise. Oyster mushrooms can be strikingly beautiful, resembling bouquets of flowers.
Because of their delicate nature they can be difficult to package and transport. The Fungi Farm is currently growing Italian Oysters and King Trumpet's.
Lion's Mane, otherwise known as Hericium erinaceus, is an edible and medicinal mushroom that is gaining notoriety. If the funky appearance of these mushrooms didn't grab your attention perhaps their health benefits will!
Lion's Mane mushrooms have been used in ancient Chinese medicine for thousands of years.. It has only been in recent times that research is being studied about the amazing health benefits of this mushroom..
Mushrooms are healthy for you, whether they be Shitake, Lion's Mane, or Oysters. Mushrooms are rich in micronutrients and are made up of polysaccarides. Polysaccarides are long chain carbohydrates that are made up of various monosaccarides held together by glycosidic bonds.. Some examples of polysaccarides are chitin and beta-glucans which make up the cell walls of fungi. Research has found that Lion's mane mushrooms have a high amount of beta-glucans, ,Beta glucans are known for stimulating the immune system to defend against bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections
Lion's Mane also has two bioactive substances known as NGF's, ( nerve growth factor)., .These nerve growth factors are called hericenones and erinacines.. Hericenones and erinacines were first identified as NGF's in Japanese samples by Dr. Kawagishi in 1991.. Since his discovery it has been proven in both in vivo, and in vitro tests that NGF's stimulate nerve regeneration... These discoveries can be most useful to diseases such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease..
The taste of Lion's Mane has been described as seafood like - subtly tasting like lobster or crab. It's consistency is meat like,, leaving vegans wondering if they consumed animal protein. My favorite way to prepare Lion's mane thus far; is in a crab-less cake.. And I must say...it did taste like a real crab cake.!
Not only is this mushroom beautiful in appearance, but it can also do wondrous things for your brain and overall health.. It's probably not a mushroom that you will find at the local grocery store, but you will be able to get it here at The Fungi Farm.....coming soon!
Shitake mushrooms are one of the most popular mushrooms in the world. Their scientific name is Lentinula edodes., and they are native to East Asia. They have a "rich, woody, and meaty" mushroom taste that make them so popular..
Shitake mushroom's have many health benefits, including: helping with obesity, boosting the immune system, destruction of cancer cells, supporting cardiovascular health, contain anti-microbial properties, boosts energy and lifts brain fog, provides Vitamin D, and promotes skin health.. What isn't there to love about Shitake's?
There is an increasing amount of research being conducted on one unique alkaloid found in Shitake mushrooms. This alkaloid is called eritadenine.. Much interest has been directed towards eritadenine's ability to inhibit activity of an enzyme called angiotensin converting enzyme ( ACE). Because ACE activity results in constriction of blood vessels, inhibition of ACE can prevent unwanted blood vessel constriction. What does all that mean? Shitake's contain a unique substance that helps with blood pressure regulation and cardiovascular health.
Shitake mushrooms are also quite high in beta-glucans, which offer a wide range of health benefits. They super boost our immune system, are free radical scavengers, and are also linked to better regulation of blood sugar..
If you want better health......eat Shitake! Just eat mushrooms. You'll see.