The consumption of mushrooms is very ancient, although until just over four centuries ago they were not cultivated, but only harvested in forests. Already in ancient Greece, its gastronomic properties were known and different species of mushrooms were collected. It was not until the seventeenth century that its cultivation began in France. In recent years its production has experienced a real boom that allows us to have fresh mushrooms at our disposal all year round.
Most of the mushrooms appear at the end of the summer, but as autumn approaches they increase in quality, variety, and quantity, especially if the season is rich in rains and the frosts do not come early. Since there are some very toxic and even deadly species, it is recommended that if you go out to look for mushrooms you have deep knowledge of the subject. And if not we can always go to the market and buy them enjoying all its benefits without taking risks. The best-known varieties are the chanterelles, the mushrooms (wild, portobello, or cultivated), the tickets, the chanterelles, the senderuelas, or the morel.
Cleaning mushrooms, whether wild or cultivated, is not an easy task. First, we must cut the bottom of the feet; It is not advisable to wash them under the tap, it is better to clean them with a damp cloth or with a brush, thus preventing them from losing their aroma. It is advisable not to cut them until they are going to be prepared, and never leave them to soak. Once clean, they keep for several days in the fridge wrapped with a damp cloth.
Nutritional properties of mushrooms
Mushrooms are aromatic and low in calories, which is why they are ideal for adding aroma and flavor to all kinds of dishes. You can combine them with rice, vegetables, pasta, fish, meat, eggs, or potatoes. They have about 20 calories per 100 grams, small amounts of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin B6, folic acid, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, and selenium.
Mushrooms have ergothioneine, a natural amino acid with antioxidant power that helps the proper functioning of our body. They also have beta-glucans molecules present in many mushrooms that have a beneficial action to stimulate the immune system.
Mushroom sauce recipe
Being such a popular mushroom there are many versions of mushroom sauce, we prepare an easy one to make and that comes out delicious. You can make this same sauce substituting the mushrooms for thistle mushrooms, boletus, or chanterelles if they are in season.