Day of the Mushroom

Bowl of Mushrooms photo by Peter Oslanec

Did you know according to hieroglyphics, the ancient Egyptians believed mushrooms to be a plant of immortality? The delicious flavor of mushrooms intrigued the pharaohs of Egypt so much that they decreed mushrooms were food for royalty and that no commoner could ever touch them.

The art of cultivating mushrooms originated in 17th century France. The fame of their flavor grew and the new art spread to England. From there it was brought to America by English gardeners.

Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium. One of the nutrients found in mushrooms that is receiving increased attention is vitamin D. The Mushroom Council gives more information about the vitamin D content of various mushrooms.

Ways to celebrate Day of the Mushroom

  • Donate mushrooms to the FRFB or your local food pantry.

  • Share you favorite recipe involving mushrooms with us

  • Share a photo of how you celebrate #DayOfTheMushroom on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. Tag the FRFB @fredfoodva

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