The Mushroom Sustainability Story

A new mushroom sustainability study reveals the mighty mushroom not only is healthy on the plate, it’s also gentle on the planet.

The study finds production of a pound of mushrooms requires only 1.8 gallons of water and 1.0 kilowatt hours of energy, and generates only .7 pounds of CO2 equivalent emissions. In addition, the annual average yield of mushrooms is 7.1 pounds per square foot – meaning up to 1 million pounds of mushrooms can be produced on just one acre.

Researched and developed by SureHarvest, a leading sustainability analysis and research firm, The Mushroom Sustainability Story: Water, Energy and Climate Environmental Metrics 2017 study is the result of a two-year initiative to document mushroom production environment metrics.

Mushroom Sustainability Study Findings

Water Required is a Fraction Compared to Other Foods
SureHarvest calculated the overall water footprint per pound of production by collecting information on fresh water applied, precipitation and water embedded in the composting ingredients. The 1.8 gallons of water required to produce a pound of mushrooms is a fraction of water inputs required for many other foods.

Keeping CO2 Emissions and Energy Footprint in Check
To determine the 1.0 kilowatt hours (kWh) energy usage per pound of mushrooms, researchers calculated energy consumed during harvest by converting fuel use by type into kWh, then combined with kWh of electricity use. CO2 equivalent emissions were calculated by tracking total emissions from electricity and fuel used for composting equipment and growing operations (e.g. equipment, heating, cooling, etc.).

Mushrooms’ Small Growing Space Conserves Soil, Nets High Yields
The study calculated the average yield per square foot by measuring more than 42 million square feet of mushroom production area. Each year, growers are able to produce millions of pounds of mushrooms on just a few acres of land. In addition, the soil used to produce mushrooms is made of composted materials. After mushrooms are harvested, the soil is recycled for multiple uses, including potting soil. The 7.1 pounds of mushroom yield per square foot is achieved in part because mushroom beds are stacked vertically in growing facilities, allowing a high volume of mushrooms to be grown in a relatively small space.

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Earthy Mushroom Recipes for Earth Month 🌎

Bring springtime flavors to your plate with delicious, earthy mushroom recipes. 

Happy Earth Month, earthlings! Did you know the mighty mushroom is both healthy on the plate AND gentle on the planet? That’s because fresh mushrooms require minimal land, water and energy to grow. Bonus: they’re delicious! This month, add a healthy helping of earthy mushrooms to your plate with delicious springtime dishes.

Mushrooms mix wonderfully into your salads, taco bowls and brunch recipes for an added umami-punch that you can feel good about. As you enjoy your next mushroom-centric meal, here are some bite-size facts to fuel you this Earth Month.

On average, the production of 1 pound of mushrooms:

  • Requires only 1.8 gallons of water*
  • Requires only 1 kw hours of energy*
  • Generates only .7 pounds of CO2 emissions*
  • Plus, as many as 1 million pounds of mushrooms can grow on just 1 acre!

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Earthy Mushroom Recipes

Marinated Mushroom 7-Layer Salad

Marinated Mushroom 7-Layer Salad
Marinated sliced mushrooms add a burst of tanginess and meaty texture to crisp vegetables and creamy herb dressing. Make for your next picnic or spring holiday gathering.

Blended Mushroom Beef Brown Rice Taco Bowls

Mushroom, Beef and Brown Rice Taco Bowls
Lighten Taco Tuesdays by blending mushrooms with your meat. Save time by cooking the beef and mushroom blend in your slow cooker, then top with your favorite ingredients and enjoy.

Seven Minute Mushroom Spring Ramen Bowl

Seven-Minute Spring Ramen Bowl
Update this college staple (without losing the college budget!). Loaded with flavorful veggies and meaty mushrooms, this ramen makes an easy-breezy lunch or dinner in a time crunch.

Blended Greek Baked Eggs

Greek Baked Eggs
Go Mediterranean with a blended baked breakfast: eggs, lamb, mushrooms, kalamata olives, tomatoes, and feta. Delicious for breakfast (or brinner) and full of protein. Opa!

Spring Mushroom Galette

Spring Mushroom Galette
Bring your brunch to life with delicate flavors. Enjoy the earthiness of cremini and white button mushrooms blended with fresh herbs – parsley, chives and thyme – in a springtime galette.

Oyster Mushroom Spring Rolls

Oyster Mushroom Spring Rolls
It’s not springtime without spring rolls! The meaty flavor of oyster mushrooms adds a nice touch against crisp veggies. Sauté the mushrooms with butter and onions to bring out their flavor.

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Starting today, visit blenditarian.com and join the growing blenditarian movement to “do better” for your health, planet and palate by blending finely chopped mushrooms with meat.

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Why blend mushrooms + meat?

1. Health: Switching half the meat for mushrooms can cut a burgers’ calories by up to 50 percent.
2. Flavor: The inherent umami means you don’t sacrifice the flavor in your favorite meat dishes.
3. Sustainability: Mushrooms require less resources to grow – making them a gentle crop on the planet.

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Mushroom Varieties Offer Different Health Benefits

DYK: Different mushroom varieties offer different health benefits. Read on to learn more!

While it’s easy to decipher between shapes and colors, it’s not as easy to see the nutritional differences between mushrooms. Mushrooms are a nutrient powerhouse with each type offering beneficial nutrients such as vitamin D, selenium and B vitamins.

Health Benefits of Mushroom Varieties

This March, during National Nutrition Month,“Put Your Best Fork Forward” and dive deeper into the leading health benefits[1] behind four common mushroom varieties.

Low-Calorie

Opt for white buttons: Boasting just 18.5 calories per serving[2], white button mushrooms contain the lowest calories of all mushroom varieties. Additionally, white buttons provide 15 percent of the daily recommended intake of the vitamin B3, niacin. Niacin may promote healthy skin and digestive health.

Bone Health

Say hello to shiitakes: One serving of shiitake mushrooms is an excellent source of copper, offering 40 percent of the recommended daily intake. Copper helps keep bones and nerves healthy.

Immunity

Choose cremini: One serving of cremini mushrooms is an excellent source of selenium, containing 31 percent of the recommended daily intake. Selenium may help the immune system function properly.

Vitamin D

Make room for maitake: One serving of maitake mushrooms contains a whopping 236 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin D. Vitamin D may help build and maintain strong bones by helping the body absorb calcium. Additionally, it may support cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and help reduce inflammation.

[1] Mushroom Varieties Chart and Nutrition by Varieties

[2] Average serving size is 4-5 mushrooms.