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Mushroom, a total healthy package!

Mushroom is an edible and fleshy spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus,  produced above the ground or underground mainly on its food source.

Other names of mushroom
Yoruba- Olubeje, osun, ogogo
Igbo- Ero
Hausa- Naman kaza
Efik- Udib

How to differentiate between good from bad mushroom
There are around 2000 edible species but recognition of edible mushroom is highly important as there are inedible ones which are poisonous. These poisonous ones are called ‘toadstool’. The poison affects the body system in no short time after ingestion and can lead to death.
Edible mushroom has the following properties:
• Pleasant odour and sweet taste
• Presence of worms
• No stains of green or purple when you cut the mushroom
• No scale on the cap
• Does not burn/ sting the tongue when tasted
• Will not turn silver-black while cooking
• Are also eaten by foraging animals.

Nutritional profile of mushroom
The nutritional components of edible mushroom are:
Dietary fibre, Carbohydrates
Protein, Folate, Vitamins C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B6, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Potassium, Phosphorus, Calcium, Selenium, Copper, Zinc, Magnesium

Mushroom nutrition facts:

Health benefits of mushroom
• Boosts immune system.
• Helps to prevent cancer
• Improves the eye vision and function
• Aids weight loss.
• Reduce the risk of hypertension.
• Helps to lower blood pressure.
• Promotes gut health
• Helps to manage type-2 diabetes
• Improves cognitive function of the brain.
• Helps to reduce depression symptoms.
• Contains folate hence good in pregnancy,

Tips to buying and selection
• Select mushroom from trusted sources
• Avoid slimy and bruised mushrooms
• Keep mushrooms refrigerated till you are ready to use.

Mushroom meals suggestions
• Mushroom stir fry
• Mushroom sauce
• Mushroom pepper soup
• Mushroom efo riro
• Mushroom hash
• Mushroom egg sauce
• Mushroom Carbonara
• Mushroom salads
• Mushroom homemade pizza


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