Edible mushrooms are nutritious foods
found growing in nature.
Mostly found during rainy season
especially in the mountains or highlands.
Raw brown mushrooms are 92% water,
4% carbohydrates, 2% protein
and less than 1% fat.
In a 100 gram (3.5 ounce) amount,
raw mushrooms provide 22 calories
and are a rich source (20% or more of the Daily Value, DV)
of B vitamins, such as riboflavin,
niacin and pantothenic acid, selenium (37% DV)
and copper (25% DV),
and a moderate source (10-19% DV) of phosphorus,
zinc and potassium (table).
Vitamin C and sodium
have no or minimal content.
Although not meat or vegetable,
mushrooms are considered meat
in the vegetable world
and are found in many cuisines
such as Chinese, Korean, Japanese
as well as European cuisines.
Here in the Philippines
especially in the countryside,
Filipinos gather wild mushrooms by the kilos
found growing under trees or shrubs and anywhere else
a day or hours after heavy rain
accompanied by lightning and thunder.
And nobody knows why this is so.
The usual scenario is
there is a single mushroom growing in the middle of a field
and a bunch of others growing nearby.
This single mushroom is separated from the others
by several feet or few meters.
That's how nature creates these mushroom formation.
Old folks always say,
whenever you find a single mushroom somewhere in the field,
expect to find the other bunch growing nearby.
Maybe mushrooms are foods coming from the gods.
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