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Monday, January 11, 2010



Mushrooms have no chlorophyll so they don't need sunshine to grow and thrive. Some of the earliest commercial mushroom farms were set up in caves in France during the reign of King Louis XIV (1638-1715)

The largest living organism ever found is a honey mushroom, Armillaria ostoyae. It covers 3.4 square miles of land in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon, and it's still growing.

The world's deadliest mushroom is the Amanita phalloides, the death cap. The five different poisons contained in the mushroom cause diarrhea and vomiting within 6 to 12hours of ingestion. This is followed by damage to the liver, kidneys and central nervous system - and, in the majority of cases, coma and death.

Truffles, or mushrooms that grow below the ground, are one of the world's most expensive foods. One variety, Tuber melanosporum, can cost between $800 and $1,500 a pound.
So what got me to thinking about mushrooms you might ask?

The picture on the old cookbook of my daughters and
this simple recipe I found for (Fresh mushroom saute)
2 C. fresh mushrooms
1 tsp. flour
1 tbsp. melted butter
Wash mushrooms, slice through caps and stems. Sprinkle with flour.
Put melted butter in med. skillet. Add mushrooms; cover and cook over low heat 8-10 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.

Happy mushrooming to you...............


Lady Di Tn said...

I like mine cooked in Marcela sauce. Yummy. I much rather have sauteed mushrooms with a steak than anything else. Plan to have that tomorrow when I turn sixty. Peace

Shammickite said...

I refused to eat mushrooms as a child, and discovered how tasty they are when I was in my mid-teens, and have loved anything made with mushrooms since!

JeanMac said...

I'll try this mushroom recipe. After sauteing, I add soya sauce and dill weed.Sounds weird but it's good.

Farmchick said...

I love mushrooms, especially the Portabello variety. Nice recipe.

Chatty Crone said...

I love mushrooms. My son eats everything in the world - except mushrooms. Everyone has an opinion about mushrooms. Sandie

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