By Robert (Ireland), ESC Be Green 2020.
Mushrooms have played a significant role in the course of human history. The Japaneses started cultivating Shiitake mushrooms 2000 years ago and the earliest record of European cultivation was in the 17th century. In those times cultivating mushrooms was a small scale outdoor activity and as new techniques were developed it has developed into a large scale and scientific business.
With the development of technology we now know that most mushrooms contain a pretty high protein level per gram when compared to vegetables and legumes. The Oyster mushrooms, or Pleurotus ostreatus as they are scientifically known, that we produce contain on average 5 grams of protein, 10 grams of carbohydrate and less than 1 gram of fat per 128 gram serving.
Oyster mushrooms are high in several vitamins and minerals including potassium, magnesium, folate, vitamins B and C. Research has shown these mushrooms also contain a compound called Statins. Statins can help to reduce LDL or bad cholesterol in your body as they tell your liver to remove cholesterol. If a person has high cholesterol their doctor may recommend the use of a Statin drug such as Lipitor, so it is good to know that these mushrooms form this compound naturally.
Oyster mushrooms have also been shown to contain small amounts of compounds called Polysaccharides that have shown to possibly suppress cancerous tumors. They also contain beta glucans which can help to stimulate the immune system in our bodies.
So why not adding this delicious and healthy ingredient to your meals?
PS: Robert is in charge of the mushroom growing project here at IDC.