Mushrooms are a fungus, and unlike plants, mushrooms do not require sunlight to make energy for themselves.
The mushroom is a very nutritious food. Differing species can be a good source of vitamin B along with essential minerals such as copper and potassium. While fat, carbohydrates and salt content is very low.
Traditional Chinese medicine has utilised the medicinal properties of mushrooms for centuries.
Modern studies suggest mushrooms can be useful for antibacterial, anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. While also helping to reduce blood pressure, moderate blood sugar, reduce cholesterol, enhance the immune system, reduce stress and help in fighting many types of cancer
A single Portabella mushroom can contain more potassium than a banana.
Mushrooms are made up of around 90% water.
The mushroom is used in many cuisines throughout the world and it is known as the "meat" of the vegetable world.