Why dry mushrooms?
Mushrooms dried in the sun have absorbed vitamin D to protect them from Uv light. These vitamins are given to you 'for free' when you eat the mushroom afterwards.
Dried mushroom, whether in shredded or powdered form, lasts a very long time because the moisture has been removed from it. The aroma is stronger and the texture, in the case of shreds, is unique. Some mushrooms are said to contain antioxidants and may inhibit viruses.
What can you do with mushrooms?
Drying. We offer dried mushrooms as supplements, dried mushrooms in capsule form and mushroom supplements. These 'items' can all be ordered from us in bulk. Mushrooms are a gap in the market: their popularity is increasing.
You can take dried mushrooms in capsule form with breakfast or lunch. The same goes for dried mushroom supplements. Of course, you can also add shredded mushrooms or powder to a hot meal, or make it part of a healthy shake.
What types of dried mushrooms can you buy?
There are a lot of mushrooms that you can use as a supplement or as a flavoring in a meal. Dried mushrooms can be bought in powder, supplement and capsule form. Below is a list of some well-known and versatile mushrooms.
Chaga, or rare Dutch birchweed mushroom
What is the Chaga? The Latin family name is Inonotus obliquus Fuscoporia obliqua, but Chaga is of course a lot easier to pronounce (and remember). In the Netherlands the fungus is known under the name 'Berkenweerschijnzwam'.
The Chaga mushroom looks like burnt coal and is not very attractive at first glance, but it is not for nothing that it is known as the 'diamond of the forest'. Chaga contains, among other things, betulinic acid, which is known as a powerful antioxidant. Plus the taste of this mushroom is pleasant. It is said that Chaga tastes like vanilla.
Special protein in the Maitake mushroom
The name 'Maitake' probably does not mean much to you. That is because this mushroom is called 'Eikhaas' in Dutch. The recently discovered protein GFAHP appears to be present in large numbers in this mushroom. This protein is possibly virus-inhibiting.
The colour of the Maitake is brown-grey to white. On the stem are fan-shaped caps which can grow up to 10 centimetres. The Maitake is widely used in Asian cuisine.
Powder of the Maitake
Did you know that the Maitake mushroom has a lobster-like taste? It is not for nothing that the mushroom is often used as (part of) a meat substitute.
This mushroom is found in Europe, Asia and in North America and has a colour which varies from light orange to white. The diameter can be up to 25 centimetres. The wigwam does very well - especially in powder form - in Chinese cuisine.
Asian Reishi mushroom
The Reishi mushroom was originally found in mountainous woodland in Korea, China and Japan. Usually the fungus grows at the foot of a hardwood tree in humid conditions, with a lot of shade.
The name of the mushroom comes from the Greek words: Ganos (meaning 'brightness') and 'derma' (skin). Or in other words: the mushroom is said to have a clear skin. It is not for nothing that the Latin name for the fungus Lucidum means 'shining'.
The mushroom is harvested in August and October. At this moment research is being conducted to see if the Reishi has a healing effect on patients with Asthma.
The shiitake: famous recipe in Asian cuisine
The shiitake (lentinula edodes) is a naturally Japanese and Chinese mushroom with a dark or light brown cap. The shiitake is of course best known from Asian cuisine, where it brings flavour to many dishes.
The Shiitake mushroom contains calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, iron and vitamin B6. Shiitake also contains beta-glucans.
Edible mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine. Active substances in fresh mushrooms or dried whole mushrooms can work wonders for the body and mind. Even small amounts can have a big effect.
In the Asian kitchen dried shiitake is first soaked in lukewarm water. This makes the mushroom softer and therefore tastes better. This can be applied to almost all types of dried mushrooms.
Cordyceps: Chinese high-altitude mushroom
This mushroom occurs naturally in China at an altitude of 3000-5000 meters. The Cordyceps supports the immune system. It is sometimes claimed that this mushroom is virus-inhibiting and oxidation processes in the bud. The Cordyceps mushroom is available in both powder and capsule form.
Dried mushrooms are not only very tasty and long lasting, they can also help. They are full of antioxidants and there is plenty of research into additional health benefits. It's certainly worth keeping up to date.
Would you like to know more about the properties of these special natural products? Then contact our customer service. Do you want to buy dried mushrooms? You can order dried mushrooms at VehGro