Here at Organo Gold, we are huge fans of the Ganoderma lucidum mushroom, which is the ingredient that sets our company apart from all other coffee brands, as well as other network marketing companies. Ganoderma takes center-stage in our nutraceutical products, and also adds its centuries-old health benefits to all of our coffee, tea and cocoa drinks.
Mushrooms really are a fascinating and fabulous species. Here are some incredible facts about mushrooms in general. Share these with your friends or prospective customers/business partners next time you are enjoying a cup of OG coffee, and just see how these fun facts really do light up a room, capture people’s interest, and yes, put the ‘fun’back into fungus.
- Mushrooms are also referred to by the rather poetic term of ‘toadstools’.
- Mushrooms are a fungus, and unlike plants, mushrooms do not require sunlight to make energy for themselves.
- The mushroom is a very nutritious food. Differing species can be a good source of vitamin B along with essential minerals such as copper and potassium. While fat, carbohydrates and salt content is very low.
- Traditional Chinese medicine has utilised the medicinal properties of mushrooms for centuries.
- Modern studies suggest mushrooms can be useful for antibacterial, anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. While also helping to reduce blood pressure, moderate blood sugar, reduce cholesterol, enhance the immune system, reduce stress and help in fighting many types of cancer.
- A single Portabella mushroom can contain more potassium than a banana.
- Mushrooms are made up of around 90 percent water.
- The mushroom is used in many cuisines throughout the world, and is often describedas the “meat” of the vegetable world.
- Most mushrooms grown for human consumption today are done so in controlled, sterilized environments. The most popular type representing 90 percent of mushrooms consumed in the U.S. is the white button mushroom. The brown version of Agaricus bisporus called the Crimini, and its mature version, Portobello, are also popular mushrooms.
- The worlds largest producer of edible mushrooms is China, which produces about half of all cultivated mushrooms.
- Mycophagist is the term used for people who collect mushrooms to eat from the wild. The act of collecting these mushrooms is known as ‘mushroom hunting’, or ‘mushrooming’.
- There are a few mushroom varieties found in the wild that are highly poisonous. A number of these look like common edible species, which makes it risky collecting wild mushrooms.
- There are over 30 species of mushroom that actually glow in the dark. The chemical reaction called bioluminescence produces a glowing light known as foxfire. People have been known to use these fungi to light their way through the woods.
- In the Blue Mountains of Oregon is a colony of Armillaria solidipes that is believed to be the world’s largest known organism. The fungus is over 2,400 years old, and covers an estimated 2,200 acres. Above ground, the honey mushrooms are short-lived, but the underlying mycelium (branch like vegetation) lives on.
- Before the invention of synthetic dyes, mushrooms were widely used for dyeing wool and other natural fibers. Mushroom dyes are organic compounds and produce strong, vivid colors.