I remember gazing upon these soft umbrella like plants nestled upon a rotting log in the front corner of our yard. They boasted differing colors, shapes and sizes.
They seemed to appear on damp days, after a night of heavy rains this strange plant would appear.
To a child they were enchanting. Though they evoked the tiniest of fear. They were reminiscent of images we had seen in our story books. usually of a leprechaun or a toad in close proximity to one.
The old folks said the spirits used it to shelter from the rain.
The folk lore told that the jumbies’, ghosts or spirits (words used interchangeably), use the ‘umbrellas’ to hide under during the rain. The reasoning behind why they came out after a night of heavy rains.
Kids will believe anything. The absurdity in retrospect is laughable.
I do not know the names of the mushroom species that grew so abundantly everywhere back then. They were pretty much taboo in our part of the world.
No one I knew ate mushrooms, they were undesirable and the word on the street was that “they ate these things in other parts of the world”. They went on to tell us they were poisonous.
So we would play with them. They were so delicate that it was easy to crush them under our feet.
Years later, I began travelling and was introduced to edible mushrooms. I immediately fell in love with their musty taste and meat-like texture.
An edible fungi
Mushrooms are a low-calorie food rich in nutritional value. Loaded with many health-boosting vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, they can be an important addition to your diet.
Note, their particular circumstance of growth impacts their nutritional components, for eg., mushrooms grown with exposure to ultraviolet light are a good source of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an important component for optimum health.
Mushrooms, according to the FDA, contain, sodium, potassium, fiber, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamin C, iron and various trace elements.
Benefits of eating mushrooms
- Aids weight loss
- Lowers blood pressure
- Nutritional value and trace elements
Though my first encounter with mushrooms were negative ones. I am glad I kept an open mind when it came to trying new things.
In making a decision to try something new, I found a new low calorie food that I now love.
It is important to take some time and see another perspective, to give new experiences, new places a change, new things a try.
You may find a new joy, a new love, a new friend.