A Brief Overview Of Mushrooms
Mushrooms are an ingredient of various cuisines and dishes. Although they may mistakenly be categorized as vegetables, mushrooms are a type of fungus.
When it comes to mushrooms, there are two types of people. Mycophilic individuals have an affinity for mushrooms. Mycophobic individuals dislike mushrooms, or have an active fear of them!
There are a wide range of edible mushroom species, all with varying properties and flavors. The most commonly consumed mushroom today is the button mushroom, Agaricus bisporus.
One of the most expensive foods in the world is the truffle, a species of mushroom. Truffles grow 3-12 inches underground beside the roots of large trees, like oak and chestnut.
These mushrooms are highly priced due to the arduous process of harvesting them. Specially trained dogs or pigs must sniff out the truffles, as they are not visible above ground.
Then, the truffles must be collected with great care. Handling truffles barehanded can cause them to rot. If the truffles are unripe, the truffle-farmer will bury them again and return at a later date.
Mushrooms in History
In the past, mushrooms were reputed to possess mysterious and potentially magical properties. Historical evidence reveals hallucinogenic mushrooms were consumed by Vikings and ancient Siberians during religious ceremonies.
Spanish conquistadors in Mexico during the early 15th century observed the natives using mushrooms in their ceremonies. Spanish priests would take record of what they believed to be “prophetic” visions had by the natives.
Mushrooms are high in protein and essential vitamins and minerals. For this reason, they were highly valued in certain forms of traditional medicine.
Mushrooms were likely first cultivated in Asia in the 7th century. It was only in the mid 16th century Mushrooms gained popularity in the Western world, through France.
When the French began using mushrooms as a staple ingredient,…
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