Mushrooms are one of the best health foods available. Each year in the early spring time mushroom hunters take to the woods and swampy areas in many states to search for their treasured treats. When found they are carefully harvested, cleaned and cooked. Or, if they are lucky enough to hit the mother load, they can even sell their extra bounty to local restaurants for a good profit.
But what if you are not able to go into the woods to seek your food fortune? Is there a way to grow your own mushrooms? The answer is yes and it really isn’t difficult to do. Mushrooms don’t grow well in chemically enhanced soil. That is a good thing. Health conscious people don’t want to eat chemicals and even if you are not particularly health conscious you really should concentrate on eating foods that are naturally grown as opposed to modified and enhanced foods.
Mushrooms fit this health requirement perfectly. Kits are now available that allow you to grow your own. People that go into the woods to find mushrooms each year only have a limited opportunity to do so as the growing season is very short. You on the other hand can grow your crop all year around. And best of all you don’t get just one harvest per year. You can repeatedly grow a new crop of tasty delights anytime you chose. The time from planting to picking can be a short as one week and the kits are totally chemical free, organic and produce such a fine result that you’ll never go into the woods to search for mushrooms again. Of course if you enjoy mushroom hunting you could make your annual trip to the woods as a way to enhance your supply but you really won’t need to.
One of the very best tasting mushrooms I’ve found is the blue oyster mushroom (pleurotus ostreatus). It is mushroom growing kit used in gourmet kitchens worldwide as it has a taste and texture that is more solid and flavorful than most any other mushroom. They taste sweet, shrink very little and hold their shape and springiness when briefly cooked.
Edible pieces of oyster mushroom are delicious and nutritious. The oyster mushroom is rich in vitamin C, B complex and protein. The texture of oyster mushroom is wonderful, velvety and the flavor is mild in nature. Oyster mushroom contains most of the mineral salts that is required by the human body. Calcium, phosphorous and the iron content in oyster mushrooms is double the amount available in beef, pork and chicken meat. Vitamin B3 in oyster mushrooms is 5-10 times higher as compared to any other vegetable. They are a nutritious daily diet for people of all ages. If you suffer from hypertension, obesity and diabetes, oyster mushroom can form part of diet for it is low in sodium, potassium, starch, fat and calorific value. For those who suffer from hyperacidity and constipation, the alkaline ash and high fiber content oyster mushroom is the favored food. Oyster mushrooms can even help reduce cholesterol levels in some people.