I think that mushrooms are fun to eat! Their spongy texture goes “poof” in my mouth and their woody, earthy taste makes my taste buds incredibly happy. There are so many different types of mushrooms and they all have amazing health benefits. Crimini mushrooms are very popular and a can be used in a variety of recipes. These mushrooms look similar to White Button mushrooms but they have a darker color and a deeper “mushroomy” flavor. They are great for sautéing but especially wonderful for making stuffed mushrooms. You should be able to find them at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. Here are some health benefits and interesting facts about crimini mushrooms.
- The Egyptians believed that mushrooms granted them immortality, and since the pharaohs were felt to be worthy of this gift, the common people were not allowed to even touch mushrooms.
- The Romans described mushrooms as “foods of the gods” and believed that they were created by the lightning rods thrown down to earth by the god Jupiter.
- There really is no peak season for crimini mushrooms as they are available all year.
- Preliminary research shows that crimini mushrooms may be an important food in a diet that is geared towards protecting against cancer. Extracts of crimini mushrooms have been found to protect DNA from oxidative damage.
- These mushrooms may prevent the circulating levels of estrogen in the body from becoming excessive by inhibiting the aromatase enzyme. Excess estrogen can spark the development of breast cancer in some women.
- Crimini mushrooms are loaded with riboflavin, pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin, and vitamin B6. These B vitamins are necessary for carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism.
- There are numerous nutrients in crimini mushrooms including zinc, copper and manganese, fiber, magnesium and potassium, iron, calcium and phosphorus, protein, and tryptophan.
- There are only 31 calories in 5 ounces of raw crimini mushrooms.
Mateljan, G. (2007). The Worlds Healthiest Foods. Seattle, WA: George Mateljan Foundation.