13 FebStrange how the overused term superfood has one thinking of exotic berries and mysterious elixirs, yet we forget about the beautiful greens and fungi readily available to us. Without doubt, fresh mushrooms are nutritional powerhouses in small, convenient packages. An article by Australian Mushroom Growers https://bit.ly/1C9CbZ6 states the case for mushrooms being a true superfood. It says:

* A serving of fresh mushrooms provides more than 20% of the daily needs for seven essential nutrients – riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, copper, chromium and selenium. Make that eight if mushrooms are exposed to light (vitamin D). Mushrooms exposed to sunlight (or the UV light in sunlight) will naturally generate vitamin D.

* They are low in kilojoules, making them perfect for a healthy weight – they even help with appetite control so that you don’t overeat.

* They also provide good nutrition without adding fat, cholesterol or sodium to meals, and enhance the flavour of dishes because they have the fifth flavour, umami, which is the savoury flavour naturally present in mushrooms.