Mushrooms and other flavor enhancers

Mushrooms are unique in the food realm because they do not fall into either the plant or animal kingdoms. Instead, they are one of many organisms in the kingdom of fungi. We usually think of the more colorful fruits and vegetables being indicators of good health, but even though they are less colorful, mushrooms bring their own unique nutrition and flavor contributions to the table.

There are over one thousand edible mushrooms of which about twenty are available commercially. Some common types include button, portabella, cremini, shiitake, porcini, oyster, chanterelle, enoki, beech, and royal trumpet.

As with plant foods, types

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