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What is Mushroom?

Updated: May 25, 2021

When we heard “Mushroom” the first picture comes to over mind is an umbrella like plant which generally grows during rainy season. And many people say its snake’s umbrella because most of them are poisonous. But there are many varieties of mushroom, which are edible and also use for medicinal purposes. Even Romans referred it as the ‘Food of God’. So, what actually defines mushroom and how it’s beneficial for us ?

A mushroom is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground, on soil & compost of different type source. The standard for the name mushroom is the cultivated white button mushroom, Agaricus bisporus. Hence the word “mushroom” is most often applied to those fungi that have a stem, a cap, and gills on the underside of the cap. Some other edible varieties of mushrooms which are very popular are Oyster, Shiitake, Milky, Monkey head, Enoki, Paddy straw etc. And why many people are adding mushroom in their diet plan because this single vegetable contains almost every nutrients required to our body like protein, vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, thymine, selenium, choline, etc.

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