Due to the corona virus a lot of mushroom growers are not able to sell their mushrooms to restaurants, caterers and catering industry anymore. Especially the exotic mushrooms are heavily impacted due to the current global crisis. Preventing them from going to waste a few companies in the Netherlands developed quite some creative ways to save these mushrooms.
"Verbruggen paddestoelen", a Dutch oyster mushroom grower is active in multiple initiatives to save their mushrooms. In the Netherlands a lot of regional projects are coming to life to support the local companies and farmers in this process. These initiatives are called #supportyourlocals.
This initiative is assembling boxes of fresh food directly from the farmers, which people can buy and enjoy at home. Normally these products are not sold in this way, but strange times demands different kinds of thinking. Oyster mushrooms are getting more known to consumers in this way as well, which is ofcourse a very good thing.
It is also possible to buy the oyster mushrooms directly at Verbruggen. Next to this there is an app called "Too Good to Go" where consumers can save food from going to waste.
Now the mushrooms of Verbruggen are being offered via this platform too ♥.
Mushrooms are good for you! Adding four to five medium sized mushrooms (100 g) to your diet provides important vitamins and minerals, essential for a healthy body and active lifestyle.
Mushrooms are a source of:
B Complex Vitamins – Mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin, and panotothenic acid. These B vitamins help to provide energy by breaking down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. B vitamins also play an important role in the nervous system.
Minerals – Mushrooms are a source of important minerals such as selenium, copper, and potassium. Minerals are necessary for the proper function of the human body and play different roles from making healthy red blood cells to protecting body cells.
Fibre – Mushrooms contain both soluble fibre and insoluble fibre, which helps to maintain good bowel health.
Vitamin D – Vitamin D works with Calcium and Phosphorus to make strong bones. Mushrooms are the only source of vitamin D in the produce aisle and one of the few non-fortified food sources.
Mushrooms are low in:
Some easy ways to add more mushrooms and nutrients into your diet:
Add ½ cup white button mushrooms to your omelet or scrambled eggs. Benefit: one 1 extra gram of fibre.
Mix 1 cup of diced portabella mushrooms into pasta or pasta sauce. Benefit: three 3 extra grams of fibre.
Include 1 ½ cups sliced crimini (brown) mushrooms in risotto or other rice dishes. Benefit: five 5 extra grams of fibre.
Source: Mushrooms Canada