New season means new seasonal veggies! April is known for the arrival of spring, along with the arrival of fresh new crops at our disposal for our original recipes. One ingredient that our mademeals team is quite fond of and that we use in numerous of our spring recipes is mushrooms! These compact mini vegetables are rich in nutritional value and flavor, making them our ingredient focus of the month.
Mushrooms: Earth’s Greatest Ally
The now warmer and wetter weather makes it the ideal climate for growing mushrooms and even foraging wild mushrooms that pop up throughout the US. Known as “nature’s greatest decomposers,” mushrooms remove chemicals from soil and heavy metals from water far better than any bacteria, animal, or plant. Mushrooms have even been attributed to removing petroleum from soil, aiding to clean-up land-based oil spills.
Mushrooms Are Nutritional Powerhouses
According to the NY Times, mushrooms are a “powerhouse of nutrition” and should not be overlooked as a vegetable to get our daily dose of vitamins and minerals like copper, potassium, magnesium, and B-Vitamins. Mushrooms are also high in antioxidants, the tiny compounds that protect our bodies from damage and free radicals.
There are over 5 million varieties of mushrooms in the world, 10,000 here in the US, but only 50% of those are of the edible nature. Some of the most popular ones that most are familiar with are White Button, Morels, Shitake, Chanterelle, and Cremini.
Mushrooms in mademeals
As such a versatile and unctuous ingredient, it’s no wonder mushrooms are one of our go-to’s when we’re looking to add that taste of umami in our dishes. Once cooked, mushrooms release an earthy and buttery flavor to its counterparts, making it a great addition to any savory dish. It can even serve as the meaty flavor and nutrient-laden substitute in vegan meals. Currently, we feature mushrooms in a number of our weekly rotating meals. It’s our star ingredient in our popular Lemon Garlic Flank Steak with Mushrooms, String Beans, and Cauliflower Rice.
Stay tuned to our monthly blog post dedicated to our ingredients, where we give you insight on what goes into our dishes! Who else loves mushrooms as much as we do? Which variety is your favorite?