Maitake and Shitake Murshrooms

Many cultures – particularly European, Chinese and Japanese – have long recognized the extraordinarily diverse nutritive value of mushrooms. There exists more than 35,000 species of mushrooms growing today, with some colonies (for example Armillaria ostoyae in Malheur National Forest) estimated to be more than two thousand years old.

 

Though mushrooms are commonly thought to have little nutritional value, many species are high in fiber and provide vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, biotin, cobalamins, and ascorbic acid. Though not normally a significant source of vitamin D, some mushrooms can become significant sources after exposure to ultraviolet light [which also darkens their skin.] Mushrooms are also a source of important minerals, including selenium, potassium and phosphorus.

 

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