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A mushroom is a body of fungus that takes the form of a domed cap on the stalk, with gills on the underside of the cap.  Mushrooms are low in calories, fat, sodium, free from cholesterol and perfectly safe for vegetarians and vegans as well.

In this article, we will be discussing a brief history on mushroom production, some fun facts about them, benefits of its cultivation and tips that can improve mushroom production.

From the accidental discovery by a French farmer around 1650 to its further study and research, mushroom production began on a wide scale in the caves in Paris, France.  Mushrooms were only used by the rich but since better and more effective methods of its cultivation came, more people were able to have access to it.

There are over 100,00 mushrooms in the world but the edible and most popular ones are: portobello, cremini, maitake, button, shiitake, lobster and much more. A single portobello mushroom contains more potassium than a banana.  Mushroom production can be very beneficial because you can create mushrooms from waste. By using agricultural residues like corn cobs, bamboo shards, potato, leaves and woody trees, these fungi (mushrooms) can grow.

In addition, once mushrooms have been harvested, the protein-filled, vitamin-rich and fermented agricultural waste they grow on can be fed to farm animals. Research has shown animals who feed on this show significant signs in overall health digestion and disease resistance. Mushroom cultivation has been around for a very long time. There are numerous benefits to its production and because of its use of little resources, and its growing popularity in recent years, it is a great encouragement for farmers to get involved.

Try mushrooms several ways with these tips:

  1. Mushroom pastas
  2. Mushroom risotto
  3. Instead of using a meat or tofu, mushrooms are the main stars of roasted teriyaki mushrooms and soba noodles
  4. Italian roasted mushrooms and veggies make the perfect hearty side
  5. For a light and healthy side, mushroom, lemon, and lentil salad

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