Mushrooms are fungi, which are so distinct in nature they are classified as their own kingdom – separate from plants or animals. While commonly placed in the vegetable category for dietary recommendations, mushrooms are, however, not a vegetable based on their cellular organization and composition such as chitin and ergosterol.
Grown and harvested all year long, the most popular mushroom variety grown in the U.S. is white button, followed by crimini (brown or baby bellas), portabellas, enoki, oyster, maitake and shiitake.
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For additional information on mushrooms, their health benefits, recipes and more, visit the Mushroom Council.
The American Mushroom Institute has updated and expanded the Mushroom Lovers’ Cookbook. First compiled in 1982, this cookbook contains recipes ranging from soups and salads to casseroles, desserts and main course dishes. It also contains a new section dedicated solely to specialty mushrooms. Included in the cookbook’s 196 pages are helpful hints for cooking with mushrooms, nutritional facts and a history of the mushroom industry.
The cookbook is a collection of original recipes from people involved in the mushroom business as well as recipes from international restaurants and chefs. Throughout the book are hand-drawn sketches and illustrations that create a fun, family cookbook. The price for each cookbook is $10.00 including domestic shipping. Discount prices are available for large quantity orders.
If you are interested in purchasing the cookbook, please send an email message to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org