Mushrooms have grown wild since prehistoric times, having been consumed as food by the early hunter-gatherers. The Egyptians thought that they granted immortality, and since only the pharaohs were felt to be worthy of this gift, the common people were not even allowed to touch mushrooms. The folklore of many cultures, including Russia, China and Mexico held that eating mushrooms could give someone superhuman strength.

While often thought of as a vegetable and prepared like one, mushrooms are actually fungi, a special type of living organism that has no roots, leaves, flowers or seeds. There are three different types of button mushrooms. The white mushroom is the most common type and is the cream coloured mushroom that often adorns salads and veggie trays. The Crimini mushroom, which looks just like the button but is coffee coloured, actually features a more distinctive flavour. The Portabello mushroom whose large size and meaty flavour make it a wonderful vegetarian entrée is actually an overgrown Crimini mushroom.

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  • Mushrooms are a very good source of zinc which affects many fundamental processes, perhaps the most important of which is immune function. It is also important for wound healing and stabilizing blood sugar levels and is responsible for our sense of smell and taste.