Which Mushroom for What?

So, you keep hearing about all these wonderful benefits that mushrooms provide, but how do you keep track of which mushroom helps with what?

While we may not have all the answers, here is a breakdown of the edible and medicinal species that we carry, along with an informational tidbit for your enjoyment.

Lion's Mane

aka

Hericium

Erinaceus

One of the first species in our library, we have fallen in love with the unique look, taste, and overwhelming list of benefits that this pompom mushroom provides.

Eat This Mushroom For These Benefits:

  • It provides hericenones and erinacines, two compounds that stimulate brain cell growth.

  • Protection against the degeneration of brain function

  • Promotes nerve growth

  • Helps alleviate mild signs of depression and irritation

  • Helps nervous system injuries

  • Helps promote a healthy digestive tract

King Oyster

aka

Pleurotus Eryngii

As is fitting of a King, the king oyster is the biggest of the oyster mushrooms family. It's robust earthy flavors and smooth texture make it a favorite in stir-fries and soups.

Eat This Mushroom For These Benefits:

  • A fantastic source of an array of helpful compounds including dietary fiber, Vitamin B2, Copper, and many more

  • Help lower cholesterol

  • Good source of protein

  • Low in saturated fat

  • A high concentration of iron, magnesium, thiamin, zinc and more

Cordyceps

aka

Ophiocordyceps sinensis

Cordyceps are some of the most famous mushroom species in the world due to their incredibly high price tag, their massive amounts of nutritional benefits, and strange way of growing out of the top of a caterpillar's head. On top of that, a pound of wild foraged cordyceps can sell for as high as $10,000! These little specimens pack a lot of transformative properties in their little bodies!

Eat These Mushrooms For These Benefits:

  • An energy boost equivalent to a cup of coffee

  • boost your oxygen flow

  • increase in ATP; the compound that carries your body's energy supply source

  • increased sex drive

  • help fight bronchitis, asthma, and respiratory problems

  • large amounts of anti-inflammatory properties

Shiitake

aka

Lentinula edodes

Shiitake: some might call this mushroom the grandfather of medicinal mushrooms. It has been used in medicine for over 1,300 years, with records of it being used to improve overall health and longevity.

Eat This Mushroom For These Benefits:

  • Intake eritadenine and b-glucan, two compounds that support a feeling of satiation and also help melt fatty oil

  • Help reduce food intake

  • Improve cell receptor function

  • Improve your gut's immunity

  • Support healthy blood circulation

  • Inhibit tumor growth

Pioppino

aka

Agrocybe Aegerita

Pioppino mushrooms are easy to grow and produce meaty-peppery flavored little mushrooms that you'll love integrating into your favorite hearty meals. To keep it simple, they taste like chicken!

Eat This Mushroom For These Benefits:

  • Live longer thanks to the high number of antioxidants

  • Anti-cancer properties due to bioactive metabolites.

  • Slow down osteoporosis side effects

  • Enjoy the following: Copper, Vitamin B5, Folate, Biotin, Vitamin B3, Selenium, Potassium, and Vitamin B2

Pink and Pearl Oyster Mushrooms

aka

Pleurotus

Ostreatus

The Oyster Mushroom is the first mushroom that Mushroom Valley Farms began cultivating. After coming across a boxed mushroom grow kit at our local hardware store and growing them out, we were hooked. The beautiful clusters are worth appreciating every time. Plus, they are a superbly healthy addition to the human diet.

Eat This Mushroom For These Benefits:

  • Niacin helps keep brain cells healthy

  • Riboflavin helps protect against motor neuron disorders

  • High amounts of antioxidants protect your cells

  • inhibit the spread and growth of cancer cells

  • alleviate inflammation

  • Lower cholesterol

Reishi

aka

Ganoderma lingzhi

The Reishi Mushroom is one of the main staples in Chinese Medicine. Unlike today, it used to be common knowledge that this mushroom could heal and strengthen the human immune system.

Eat This Mushroom For These Benefits:

  • Strengthen the genes in your white blood cells

  • Naturally fight cancer and infections

  • Reduce inflammation

  • Help the body recover faster after a workout

  • Reduce fatigue

  • Alleviate depression

Blue Foot

aka

Clitocybe Nuda

Our Blue Foot genetics are propagated from a wild lineage. This translates to very fragrant mushrooms that are the perfect addition to any meal with its woodsy flavors.

Eat This Mushroom For These Benefits:

  • High amounts of Vitamin B1

  • Support your nervous system

  • An exceptional source of healthy carbohydrates

  • Energy boost

  • Powerful immune booster

Chestnut

Royal

aka

Oudemansiella Radicata

The Chestnut Mushroom is commonly called "The Magic Mushroom of China" thanks to an extensive list of medicinal properties. Although too many to list, we have noted some of the many vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that these neutral-tasting mushrooms provide.

Eat This Mushroom For These Benefits:

  • high amounts of ceramide

  • good source of Vitamins B2, B3 and B5

  • anti-carcinogenic properties

  • helps control osteoporosis

  • anti-fungal properties

  • Helps fight breast and stomach diseases

  • Helps regulate the bodies homeostatic functions

Maitake

aka

Grifola frondosa

Maitake, also known as "Hen of the Woods," is a native of Japan, China, and North America. This species of superfood gets its name from the Japanese word, maitake, which translates to "dancing mushroom." A strong flavor marks this mushroom that is best known for containing L-glutamate, the acid that produces the famous fifth flavor, Umami.

Eat This Mushroom For These Benefits:

  • Adaptogenic properties to help your immune system

  • Helps regulate blood sugar

  • Excellent intake of Vitamins B1 and D

  • Treat infertility

  • Protect the immune system

  • Control glucose and insulin levels

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