Many people are familiar with the most basic types of mushrooms in the supermarket, such as Portobello and cremini mushrooms. But did you know that there are dozens of edible mushrooms that are actually delicious and have health benefits?
Here’s a look at a few of the many kinds of edible mushrooms that you might consider adding to your diet.
A common type of mushroom that is pretty easy to find in markets is the shiitake mushroom, which has a meaty texture and can be served fresh or in dried form. These mushrooms contain amino acids, beta glucans, and other nutrients.
Morel mushrooms may have a funny appearance but are actually quite delicious with a nutty and intense flavor. They resemble a honeycomb and often grow in Asia, Europe, and North America.
White Button Mushrooms
One of the easiest types of mushrooms to find are white button mushrooms. When these mushrooms grow outside in the sunlight, they retain natural nutrients to provide you with vitamin D when eaten.
Many vegetarians and vegans love Portobello mushrooms because they work so well as meat-substitutes in burgers and other dishes. These large mushrooms are high in potassium and easy on the palette to be enjoyed by many people.
You can recognize oyster mushrooms by their fluted caps and flavor that somewhat resembles seafood. These mushrooms can be beige, brown, or gray in color. They grow on trees and work well as meat substitutes as well if you’re following a plant-based diet.
Tiny and tasty, porcini mushrooms have a reddish-brown cap and white stem. These edible mushrooms are often used in pasta dishes and soups. They have a smooth and easy-going flavor that complements other vegetables, such as broccoli, onions, peppers, and artichoke.
With a bright yellow color and sweet yet peppery flavor, chanterelle mushrooms are a unique type of mushroom that is safe to eat. Many people enjoy the flavor of these mushrooms with eggs, so try adding them to an omelet or quiche.
Enoke mushrooms are a staple in traditional Asian dishes and are identifiable by their long stems and small caps. These skinny mushrooms are typically served in clusters and work well in Asian soups, such as ramen.
Beta Glucan Capsules
Not a fan of the taste or texture of mushrooms? Not everyone is, which is why Seagate’s Beta Glucan is an excellent supplement for immune support.
This product is combines a highly purified polysaccharide derived from the maitake mushroom and Seagate freeze-dried 100% pure shark cartilage. This supplement has anti-fungal properties and is commonly used to support the immune system and joints. We recommend taking three to five capsules per day with or between meals for therapeutic support, or as directed by your healthcare professional.