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3 “Souper” Ways to Include Mushrooms this Season

Elevate soup season with fresh, umami-rich mushroom soups.

Warm up these cooler days with fresh mushrooms. Whether you’re cooking a weeknight dinner or prepping for a holiday party, incorporating umami-rich mushrooms into your favorite comfort foods is the perfect way to sneak in an extra serving of vegetables – and a boost of flavor – this season.

Adding vitamin D into our diets this time of year is essential to coping with shorter days and longer nights. Thankfully, mushrooms, such as maitake are packed with vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium and maintain bone strength.

Check out three of our favorite and “souper” versatile recipes fit for the season:

Vegetarian? Toss your favorite mushrooms into this Creamy Mushroom & 3 Bean Soup. The protein and fiber from the beans will keep you full and focused for hours.

Creamy Three Bean Mushroom Soups

Recipe Courtesy of Dine and Dish

Fall Cream of Mushroom Soup: Take this comfort classic up a notch by adding fresh button, baby portabella, shiitake and oyster mushrooms into the mix.

Creamy Mushrooms Soups

Recipe courtesy of Chef Billy Parisi

Whip up a batch of this rich, non-dairy Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup for dinner and savor the flavor of sweet parsnips and herbaceous thyme.

Roasted Parsnip Mushroom Soups

Recipe courtesy of Chez Us

 

Mushrooms: A Vitamin D Powerhouse in the Produce Aisle

 

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With vitamin D containing so many health benefits, it’s no surprise that we’re always on the hunt for easy ways to increase our intake without basking in the sun. Fortunately, there’s an easy (and delicious!) way to get the recommended daily amount.

While few foods naturally contain vitamin D, mushrooms are unique for being one of the only sources in the produce aisle.1 All mushrooms contain vitamin D, but did you know that growers can increase the amount by exposing them to ultraviolet light? Thanks to ergosterol – a sterol found in cell membranes of fungi, mushrooms are able to convert ultraviolet light into vitamin D.2

Retailers are now offering a variety of light-exposed mushrooms, making it easier than ever to get your hands on a delicious source of vitamin D. Just one serving of vitamin D-enhanced mushrooms (about five white button mushrooms or one portabella) provides more than half of the recommended daily amount!3

For an easy and delicious summertime meal, try out our Mushroom and Pea Gazpacho Soup or Surf & Turf Shrimp Portabella Fajitas.

Mushroom Gazpacho

 

Surf & Turf Shrimp Portabella Fajitas

 

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Top Ten Reasons to Enjoy Mushrooms This Holiday Season

Mushroom Meatballs

Sugar and spice, and everything nice tops the list of holiday essentials, but we’re certain that mushrooms are the true hero of the holiday season. From small bites to a full feast, mushrooms are the perfect ingredient for every occasion. If you’re not convinced take a look at our top ten reasons to enjoy mushrooms for the holidays.

1) They’re always in season. From the Fourth of July to New Year’s Eve, mushrooms are always fresh and available.

2) Your guests will never know they are eating a “healthy” meatball appetizer when you replace a portion of ground meat with finely chopped mushrooms. Try these Crimini and Pork meatballs from our featured recipe tab.  (Pictured Above)

3) They are a natural source of Vitamin D, a perfect way to get your daily dose as the sun sets early.

4) From the hearty portabella to the savory shiitake, there is always a variety to choose from. Check out our Variety Pinterest board to learn more!

5) Stuffed mushrooms are always a crowd favorite. You can even combine two appetizers in one with Spinach Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms.

6) Portabella mushrooms make a great canvas for leftovers. Try these Portabella Pizettes that combine a variety of holiday flavors.

7) Not a lot of time to spend in the kitchen before guests arrive? These No-Bake Hummus Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect appetizer to whip up in minutes.

8) This Mushroom Lasagna from What’s Gaby Cooking will have guests talking for days after the party.

9) There is never a shortage of mushroom recipes. We have more than 1,000 recipe ideas on our Pinterest boards.

10) They are healthy, versatile and delicious. What more do you need?

Happy Holidays!

 

Mushrooms and Health Summit

On September 9-10th the Mushroom Council held its very first Mushrooms & Health Summit in Washington D.C. Mushroom Council representative, Bart Minor, was at the two day event which boasted mushroom experts from leading scientific institutions, nutrition professionals, and a fascinating mock growing room that captured the attention of every single attendee.

Mushroom Summit Presentations

I can’t think of a better way to bring mushrooms out of the dark and into the health spotlight than at our very own Mushrooms & Health Summit. In a room full of scientists, doctors, nutrition professionals, and even foodies, it became evident that mushrooms are something we should be excited about!

I sat there fascinated by all of the emerging research; presentations on everything from weight management and immunity, to vitamin D and umami. Leading scientists and researchers are discovering new facts about mushrooms and what makes them a unique dietary component every day.

The mushroom lunch was a captivating presentation in itself. Culinary experts from the CIA showcased mushroom blendability by demonstrating their sensory sampling panel, and highlighting the research that has come out of these highly successful trials. It should be no surprise the studies found consumers generally like mushrooms as a partial substitution for ground meat because mushrooms enhance the aroma, flavor, and texture of the finished dish.

Mushroom Summit Blendability Sampling

The mock growing room was by far the star of the summit. With a huge display that showcased all commercially grow varieties, summit attendees we both surprised and delighted to see exactly how fresh mushrooms are grown in the US.

Mushroom Summit Growing Room

Since 2005, the mushroom industry has dedicated resources to better understand the nutrition properties and health benefits of mushrooms, and I was honored to see all of these resources come together to shed some light on the humble mushroom.

5 Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Mushrooms

“I didn’t know that!” A very common phrase that Council Representative, Bart Minor, hears on a regular basis when he exposes a little known fact about nature’s hidden treasure. Stick around to learn 5 facts about the mysterious mushroom.

In the past 14 years I have certainly learned a lot about mushrooms. Everything from the scientific measures it takes to grow a mushroom, to the underestimated nutrient value. It’s this knowledge that I love to share with all who will listen. To see someone’s eyes widen in happiness when I tell them mushrooms are low in fat and calories, or to see that jaw drop when I tell them mushrooms contain vitamin D – it all makes my day.

That said, I am here to share my knowledge, and potentially delight and surprise you with these 5 little known facts about mushrooms:

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1. Mushroom Blendability Will Change the Way You Eat. Blending chopped mushrooms and meat in traditional recipes like meatloaf, burgers, taco filling and meatballs not only boost flavors, but brings another serving of vegetables to the plate. Even the kids will love the difference.

2. One Handful of Mushrooms Delivers Nutrition, Taste and Versatility. That’s right, mushrooms are in fact good for you! Fresh mushrooms are fat-free, low-calorie, nutrient-dense, low in sodium, contain natural antioxidants, and deliver important nutrients, including vitamin D, potassium, selenium, ergothionene and B vitamins. Another reason to add mushrooms to your everyday dishes.

3. Mushrooms are Full of Umami.Umami is the fifth basic taste after sweet, salty, bitter and sour. Derived from the Japanese word umami, meaning “delicious,” umami is described as a savory, brothy, rich or meaty taste sensation. It’s no wonder mushrooms have been called the “vegetarian’s meat.” All mushrooms are a rich source of umami and the darker the mushroom the more umami it contains.

4. Mushrooms naturally produce vitamin D. That’s right, following exposure to sunlight, mushrooms’ plant sterol – ergosterol – converts to vitamin D. Very few foods naturally contain vitamin D, but mushrooms are unique for being the only source in the produce aisle.

5. Give Your Immune System a Boost. Within the produce aisle, mushrooms are a leading source of the antioxidant selenium, which helps strengthen the immune system and protect body cells from damage that might lead to chronic diseases. Mushrooms are one of the best dietary sources of the antioxidant ergothioneine, which is known for its role in immunity.