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6 Varieties, Recipes and Fungi Facts to Celebrate Mushroom Month

September 1, 2017

It’s our favorite month of the year: Mushroom Month! To celebrate, here are a few fungi facts to remember why we have “mushroom” in our hearts for nature’s hidden treasure:

  • Mushrooms are full of umami – the fifth basic taste after sweet, salty, bitter and sour. Umami is derived from the Japanese word meaning “delicious.”
  • From crunchy enoki to meaty portobellos, mushroom varieties offer a range of flavors and textures.
  • Mushrooms are the only source of vitamin D in the produce aisle. One serving of UV-exposed crimini mushrooms can provide you with 1086 IU of vitamin D.
  • All mushrooms deliver beneficial nutrients such as copper, selenium and B vitamins, but did you know that different mushroom varieties offer different health benefits?
  • Mushrooms are gentle on the planet: Up to one million pounds of mushrooms can be grown on just one acre of land.
  • Mushrooms + Meat = The Blend – one of the easiest ways you can make your favorite meals more delicious, nutritious and sustainable.

What’s your favorite mushroom variety and recipe? The six recipes below each feature a different variety – try them all this Mushroom Month!

LIVE ‘Shroom Cam for Mushroom Month

Shroom Cam

This National Mushroom Month, we’re opening the gates to one of our mushroom farms to show you how mushrooms are grown. Visit ShroomCam.com to watch the mysterious mushroom growing process in action!

6 Recipes for Mushroom Month

Olive and Feta Stuffed Mushrooms

Use white button mushrooms, hummus and olives to create umami-packed stuffed mushrooms.

Mexican Mushroom Meatball Soup

Blend crimini mushrooms with beef and pork to create savory meatballs in this hearty, full-bodied Mexican-inspired soup.

Grilled Portobello Burgers with Garlic Mayo

Grilled Portobello Burgers

Portobello mushroom burgers are marinated in a homemade barbecue spice mix and grilled until tender.

Beef and Maitake Mushroom Meatball Burger

Beef and Maitake Mushroom Meatball Burger

This blended burger combines maitake mushrooms with ground beef and bacon, smothered in buttery tomato sauce.

Beef, Shiitake and Snow Pea Stir Fry

Dinner is served with this easy Asian stir-fry that combines shiitakes, steak and snow peas.

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    • Meet Enoki mushrooms! These lil guys belong in your salads and Asian-inspired soups. Light in flavor and super crunchy, they add an delicious element to any lunch.
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#Repost @joyfulhealthyeats Comfort Food just got taken to a whole new level. PHILLY CHEESESTEAK STUFFED MUSHROOMS 🍄🧀🥩ya'll. If you're a Philly Cheesesteak fan, then you're gonna swoon over it's healthy lowcarb sister!
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#Repost @very_derlicious My latest lunch go-to 🍄Marinated these in some lemon juice, salt, pepper, dill, and broth that I had leftover. Then I pan roasted them on a cast iron skillet for 2 min on the stem side and 5 with the top side down. Not sure the flavors held on enough to make the waiting time and extra dishes for marinating worth it... So the next time I did just the mushrooms by themselves and they were 🤗😋 For lunch I put them on salads or eat them with a little cheese and some sides
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