All hail the mighty mushroom – the newest superfood on the block. It’s time to go foraging, says Sam Wylie-Harris
A staple in Chinese medicine and Asian cuisine, mushrooms are a powerhouse of goodness, but it seems we Brits still associate this special type of fungus with light supper options such as mushrooms on toast or a mushroom omelette.
Low in calories and rich in antioxidants and vitamins, healing properties can be found in Japanese shiitake, white buttons, dried varieties and even a new supplement that holds a beauty secret.
Here are plenty of reasons to start foraging for this magic food source…
RICH IN VITAMIN D
Mushrooms are one of the few foods containing vitamin D, especially when they’ve been exposed to sunlight. “Vitamin D is essential for a strong immune system and healthy bones,”
says Rob Hobson, Healthspan nutritionist and co-author of The Detox Kitchen Bible. “Many people in the UK have low levels of this essential vitamin, particularly during the winter. Mushrooms are also a good source of selenium, which is essential for maintaining a strong immune system, and intakes of this mineral are relatively low here.”