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At Maponya Mall SowetoSoweto celebrates mushrooms in October

October 2011


Soweto Mushroom Festival

The Soweto Mushroom Festival, a sure crowd gatherer, is once again set to celebrate the best of mushrooms throughout Soweto during the last weekend of October – from October 28 - 30.

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Sowetans' mushroom farm walkabout

October 2011


It was with much excitement that our group of Soweto Mushroom Lovers arrived at the mushroom farm in Knoppieslaagte just outside Sandton, Johannesburg.  They were in for an eye-opening experience because, although familiar with mushrooms through participating in the Soweto Mushroom Festival, they did not really know how mushrooms are grown and were keen to learn!

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So, what's the buzz around low GI foods?


Eating low-GI foods means you avoid those spikes and dramatic falls in blood-glucose so you get a much steadier stream of energy. You, therefore, reduce your risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases that are implicated by those blood-glucose fluctuations.


Additionally, by eating low GI foods you feel fuller for longer and are, therefore, not as likely to go searching for snacks every two hours!

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The Launch of the 2011 Soweto Mushroom Festival

October 2011


The Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, the historic heart of Soweto, was the stage for the media launch of the 6th annual Soweto Mushroom Festival.  Soweto taxis were the mode of transport and waiting on the square were previous winners of the Soweto Mushroom Festival Best Dish and the Rising Stars competitions Ponki Missouri from Harambee B&B; Mary Khoza of Keithlometse B&B; Lizz Chanza from Chanza’s B&B; Peggy Maseko from Letsogapele B&B; and Jane Mookho Lebelo from Mookho’s B&B; as well as Japhta Hatshejame from The Soweto Hotel, ready to inspire guests with their Mushrooms a la Soweto.

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White Button Mushrooms contain as much anti-oxidants as their more exotic cousins

June 2011


The humble white button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) has as much, and in some cases, more anti-oxidant properties than more expensive varieties.

Although the button mushroom is the foremost cultivated edible mushroom in the world with thousands of tonnes being eaten every year, it is often thought of as a poor relation to its more exotic and expensive cousins and to have lesser value nutritionally.

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Umami... Umushroom.... mmmmmm!

May 2011


The secret’s out. "Umami" is the pièce de résistance of top chefs, food lovers and gourmands resort to when they want to razzle-dazzle us with dishes that simply ooze ‘deliciousness’.  

So what is umami? Everybody knows that there are four primary tastes: sweet, sour, salty and bitter. But now it has been proven that there is a 5th primary taste, umami. Pronounced oo-MA-mee, it is derived from the Japanese words ‘umai’, meaning ‘delicious’ and ‘mi’ meaning ‘essence’. Asians have talked about umami for centuries, but it’s only recently that science has proven that the brain experiences umami as a unique taste, just like it does sweet, salty, sour and bitter.

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