More and more we are hearing to add mushrooms to our daily diet. There is a lot of confusion about what mushrooms are, which ones to eat, when to eat them; and what about them is so good for us.
First is the question, is a mushroom a vegetable? This is one of those questions that is not easily answered. Remember they are a fungi, grown from mycelium, but they fall into the category of vegetable, with people who consider it a plant. A vegetable is considered "any edible part of a plant with a savory flavor" in the culinary world.
The interesting thing about mushrooms, more than many other "plants" is that they absorb and concentrate whatever they planted. For example mushrooms can concentrate on what is in the water that feed them.
Nice clean water, good; However, polluted, or contaminated with water pesticides, will be drawn to mushrooms in the same way.
Mushrooms provide an excellent example of one of the places to make sure to eat organic. Additionally a good reason to grow your own, that way you are able to control the water, but also the medium that the spores will grow in.
Some of the options that serve as growing mediums for mushrooms include straw, wood chips, sawdust, wooden trays, cardboard, corncobs, or even composted manure.