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Mushroom facts

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Most Australian
mushrooms
are the white
button type

Most mushrooms produced in Australia are the white button type (Agaricus bisporus) although there are small amounts of exotic types now grown.

More about mushroom varieties

6th

most valuable
horticultural crop

 

 

Mushrooms are the sixth most valuable horticultural crop and the third most valuable fresh produce item in the vegetable section of the supermarket after potatoes and tomatoes.

More about the Australian mushroom industry

 

 

average purchase
volume

457g

More than 85% of Australian households purchase fresh mushrooms regularly; 55% of them buy at least once per week and 38% of primary grocery shoppers always have them on their shopping list.

The average purchase volume is 457 grams.

 

 

90%

of people over 25
love mushrooms

About half the child population either like or love mushrooms and over 90% of people over the age of 25 either like or love mushrooms.

98% of mushroom eaters believe mushroomsadd something special to a dish.

 

 

 

of consumers
love mushrooms
in a stir fry

88% of consumers love mushrooms in a stirfry; 83% of consumers love mushrooms in a salad.

74% of mushroom eaters would probably order a mushroom entrée in a restaurant.

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The mushroom is neither a fruit nor a vegetable. All mushrooms come from a completely different living kingdom, the mushroom kingdom, or what we call the “3rd Food Kingdom”.

Because it is from a different food kingdom, the mushroom has a very different nutrition profile and has antioxidants and bioactive compounds not found in plants.

Read about the health and nutritional benefits of mushrooms

the only non-
animal fresh
food source of

vitamin

B12

The mushroom has more B vitamins than found in vegetables, they are still the only non-animal fresh food source of B12. It is a good source of essential minerals like selenium and has powerful antioxidants like ergothioneine.

Read about vitamins in mushrooms

 

When placed
in sunlight the
mushroom
generates

vitamin D

The mushroom, like humans, generates vitamin D when it is in the sunlight. Putting your mushrooms in the sunshine for a 30-60 minutes will get them to start producing vitamin D.

Some Australian farmers have produced mushrooms with the daily needs of vitamin D in a single 100g serve, about 3 button mushrooms.

 

50%

less risk of
breast cancer for
mushroom eaters

There is some very compelling evidence that women who eat mushrooms have a much lower risk of breast cancer than women who don’t eat mushrooms. There have been three population studies that show that women who include mushrooms in their diet have about half the risk of breast cancer. This requires further research to determine the role of mushrooms in cancer.

There is no evidence that certain fruits, vegetables or even mushrooms make gout worse. In fact, a high consumption of fruit, vegetables and mushrooms is linked to a lower risk of gout.

Mushrooms do not have any gluten, so can be easily used in a gluten-free diet. There are gluten-free recipes in our recipe collection.

Mushroom facts

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Mushroom history

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