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Mushrooms are such a versatile ingredient. They’re great in spaghetti, on pizza, or grilled and drizzled with olive oil. You can add them to rice for an elegant risotto or stir them up with cream for a warm and comforting soup. Why do we love mushrooms in our favorite savory dishes? Because they provide our fifth taste - umami. Most of us are familiar with the other four basic tastes - sweet, sour, bitter and salty. But what exactly is umami? The word is of Japanese origin and has been translated as yummy, deliciousness or a pleasant savory taste. It...

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In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s springtime and that means many people are preparing their gardens for planting. While our focus at Phenomenal Fungi is growing mushrooms, we also enjoy home-grown vegetables and usually plant a garden each year. There’s nothing better than a fresh tomato sandwich or a salad full of veggies you just picked. As you get your garden ready, you’re probably clearing out weeds that have popped up with the warming weather or old vines and roots from last year. You may even be thinking about adding some supplements to boost the nutritional composition of your garden. But...

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cleaning up toxins, mushrooms, mycelium, mycoremediation, saving the planet -

So you know that mushrooms are great to eat. And if you’ve been following our blog, you know they provide incredible health benefits like lowering cholesterol, supporting brain function and increasing endurance. You’ve also learned that they can be used to create sustainable packaging material and even lampshades. What if I told you mushrooms are a vital part of our global ecosystem? Without mushrooms, we wouldn’t be able to live on the planet. Trees would never decay. They would simply litter the landscape, piling up wherever they fell. Mushrooms, mycelium specifically, are the only things that can break down lignin, the substance...

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mycelium, mycelium brick, plastic substitute, sustainability -

What if we could grow better materials? Things like totally biodegradable packaging. Or insulation crafted from soybean pods and wood chips? Or what about foam alternatives for shoes and clothing? Meet Ecovative. This innovative company is harnessing the design power of mushrooms to create durable, lightweight and completely biodegradable packaging material using agricultural waste and mycelium. That’s right, they’re taking waste products like hemp and combining it with mycelium, creating custom packing material. Mycelium is that white, webby stuff you find any time you roll a log over in the woods. It's essentially the "roots" of mushrooms and it grows...

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beta-glucan in mushrooms, functional mushrooms, mushroom health benefits, mushrooms, vitamins and minerals in mushrooms -

Remember high school? Whether you were popular, a good student or a jock, there was probably at least one nerdy kid that everyone overlooked. He was likely smart, always with his nose in a book. He never talked in class, unless the teacher called on him, and you could usually find him in the library. In the movies, this would be the guy (or girl) who shows up at the 20-year high school reunion fabulously wealthy because of his amazing invention or the tech startup he sold for billions. In the natural world, mushrooms are that guy. Think about it....

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