Q: Are mushrooms classified as a fruit or vegetable?
A: Neither. Mushrooms are fungi, which are so distinct in nature they are classified as their own kingdom – separate from plants or animals. While commonly placed in the vegetable category for dietary recommendations, mushrooms are, however, not a vegetable based on their cellular organization and composition such as chitin and ergosterol.
Q: Where are mushrooms grown in the U.S.?
A: Mushrooms are grown in nearly every state, however, Pennsylvania accounts for approximately 60 percent of total U.S. mushroom production.
Q: What types of mushrooms are grown in the U.S.?
A: The most popular mushroom variety grown in the U.S. is white button, followed by crimini (brown or baby bellas), portabellas, enoki, oyster, maitake and shiitake.
Q: Which wild mushrooms can I eat?
A: We specialize in fresh mushrooms grown on farms. There are thousands of species of fungi in the world, but only a few are edible. Take caution when handling wild mushrooms, as they may be poisonous. If you are looking to identify wild mushrooms, it’s best to contact a trained mycologist.
Q: When are mushrooms grown?
A: Mushrooms are grown and harvested year-round.
Q: Should I wash my mushrooms?
A: Yes. According to the FDA, you should “wash all produce thoroughly under running water before preparing and/or eating, including produce grown at home or bought from a grocery store or farmers’ market.”
Q: Do mushrooms contain vitamin D?
A: All mushrooms contain some vitamin D1, but mushrooms have the unique ability to increase vitamin D amounts due to UV-light or sunlight exposure2.
Q: What are mushrooms’ health benefits?
A: Long celebrated as a superfood source of powerful nutrients, fresh mushrooms are a healthy addition to your plate. They are fat-free, low-calorie, nutrient-dense, low in sodium and contain natural antioxidants. For more nutrition information, please visit our Nutrition pages.
1 US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service, Nutrient Data Laboratory. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Legacy. Version Current: April 2018. Internet: http://www.ars.usda.gov/nutrientdata
2 Phillips KM, Horst RL, Koszewski NJ, Simon RR (2012) Vitamin D4 in Mushrooms. PLoS ONE 7(8): e40702. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040702