Interesting Facts About Mushrooms
- A 100g serving of mushrooms contains more dietary fibre (2.5g) than 100g of celery (1.8g) or a slice of whole-wheat bread (2.0g).
- Many mushrooms grow towards light, following the sun just like plant. Unlike with plants, scientists do not yet know how mushrooms use sunlight; only that they do.
- ncient Egyptians believed that mushrooms grew by magic, because of the way they could appear overnight.
- Mushrooms are one of the few natural sources of vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth.
- Mushrooms are a good source of zinc, another essential mineral which helps boost your immune system.
- Some of the oldest living mushroom colonies are fairy rings growing around the famous Stonehenge ruins in England. The rings are so large that they can best be seen from airplanes.
- Mushrooms contain virtually no salt.
- Mushrooms contain more potassium than most other fruit and vegetables: one medium brown mushroom contains more potassium than banana.
- Under the right conditions, some mushrooms’ spores can sit dormant for decades or even a century, and still grow.
- Mushrooms are useful not only as food and medicine, some are also being used in bioremediation, to absorb and digest dangerous substances like oil, pesticides and industrial waste.
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