Of the Earth
Mushrooms have been a staple in the diet since ancient times. They are neither fruit nor vegetable, but actually a fungus that is self-sufficient in nutritional development as mushrooms gain their nutrients from metabolizing non-living organic matter. Mushrooms are the perfect food due to their naturally low sodium levels, zero fat, and cholesterol, and are they’re gluten-free.
White button mushrooms are the most popular because of their very mild flavor; these are found mostly in salads, pizza toppings, and mushroom sauces. Crimini, or “baby bellas” are small brown mushrooms that offer a deeper flavor and usually accompany a pork or beef dish. They are also often found in Asian dishes. Shiitake mushrooms are on the opposite end of the spectrum of white buttons; they offer a deep woodsy flavor and are often used as a meat substitute in vegetarian dishes.