How can mushrooms save the world?

The mushroom, the unknown creature: Most of the time, when we think of mushrooms, images of mushrooms, boletus or mushrooms come to mind, but the world of mushrooms is much broader.

The world of mushrooms is incredibly diverse. Mushrooms are found in all climatic zones, on all continents and even in outer space. Most of us know only the fruiting bodies of mushrooms. Only a few know the actual mushroom, the white, root-like mycelium.
Even our beer, bread and wine only become tasty with the help of yeast fungi. The antibiotic penicillin is also obtained from a mold. In 1929, Alexander Flemming discovered in a forgotten Petri dish after his vacation that contamination of Penicillium chrysogenum spread over a bacterial culture of Staphylococcus aureus and caused it to die. That was the beginning of our penicillin today.

Have you tried eating wood shavings? No? I think so! Today, most artificial flavors and aromas are made with the help of modified molds. This mold eats the wood chips and produces raspberry or strawberry flavor. Thus, the industry can advertise that it works with natural flavors. But that’s not the only fascinating thing:

Extremes of the mushroom world

The largest, oldest and heaviest living creature is actually a fungus. It is a Hallimasch (Armillaria). It is said to be between 3,000 and 4,000 years old, weighs as much as four sperm whales and its fungal network (mycelium) extends over eight square kilometers.
There is also a lot to know about speed: The fastest biological projectile is launched by a mold at 25 m per second. The small spore packets are sent on their way up to 180,000 times faster than the acceleration due to gravity.
Another very extreme candidate is the slime mold. This fungus can move in a pulsating manner and actively hunt. Yes, you read that right, this very interesting family of fungi is able to move around and find new food sources in the process.
Another extreme is the zombie fungus Cordyceps. This genus of fungi feeds on insects such as ants, caterpillars and spiders. The insect passes over a spore or eats a piece of the fungus. The fungus then multiplies in the animal’s tissue. Just before the cordyceps kills the insect, it forces it to climb onto a leaf and bite the underside of the leaf. The animal then dies and a fungus grows out of its head. The fungus spreads spores on the ground and waits for new victims.
So mushrooms are very fascinating creatures. But is there more to the fungal kingdom?

Shaping the future with mushrooms
There are interesting areas of application for mushrooms, some of which we would like to briefly introduce here:

1. Environmental pollution

The fungus can do amazing things. Some varieties of fungus can process oil and gasoline. Thus, old industrial sites can be renovated easily and inexpensively because the fungus eats 99% of the oil. It could also be used to recycle the oil removed from polluted beaches. Recent research reports that a fungus has appeared in Amazonia that decomposes plastic. Might a solution to the world’s plastic problem lie here? The chances for the fungus are good.
Another conceivable approach is to be found in animal breeding. Very fine fungal mesh can be used to build sewage filters that can destroy bacteria and nutrients.

2. Insecticides

As mentioned at the beginning, the Cordyceps genus feeds on insects. The fungus could help us protect our homes against ants and termites, without harming other animals or humans.

3. Eco friendly packaging

Some packaging is already being obtained from mushroom mycelium. These could replace all styrofoam packaging in the future. At the same time, the mushroom also offers other advantages. The mushroom mesh is practically incombustible, does not release toxic substances into the environment, you can compost it, and it is easy to process.

4. Biofuel

Today, biofuel is obtained from corn, for example. If the corn is first inoculated with mycelium, the fungus converts the cellulose into sugar. This would make biofuel production much more efficient.

5. Immune system

Drugs from some mushrooms seem to help against cancer, among other things. The metabolic product of the fungus, metabolite, which has hardly been researched so far, is also interesting for medical research. Some very powerful antibiotics can probably be found in it.

6. Plant cultivation

Here, too, the fungus plays a decisive role. Most plants enter into a symbiosis with plant roots. An incredible exchange of nutrients and information takes place here. This coexistence helps the tree to survive even in difficult situations.

7. Bee Protection

As Pooh the Bear knew, bees live in trees. In tree cavities, fungal mycelium is very often found. This is absorbed by the bees, which strengthen their immune system and their vitality and are thus better armed against their strongest enemy, the varroa mite.

8. World hunger

Mushrooms grow on almost all natural residues of the agricultural industry such as corn husks, soybeans, straw, coffee residues, chicken manure and much more. These could therefore be used to create a high-quality foodstuff, from which the poorer countries in particular could benefit.

9 . Preserving and fermenting

Who does not know it? Sauerkraut is probably one of the best known foods that are fermented (lactic acid fermented). But there are many more fermented foods. The well-known seasoning sauce with “M” or the soy oyster sauce from the Chinese restaurant around the corner – all are produced according to the same principle.
Soy, corn, whole fish, oysters or even chickpeas are put into a barrel with lots of salt. Now the whole thing is left to stand until it stops bubbling. Then the broth is filtered and goes into the bottle. As you can imagine, the stench of these production facilities is very intense. In the past, garum (also: liquamen), the standard spice in ancient Roman cuisine, was therefore by law not allowed to be produced in the cities but only outside.
The list continues with kefir, kombucha, Japanese crystals, miso soups, kimchi, yogurt, tea, raw tobacco, cheeses such as Camembert and also some varieties of salami covered with noble mold and, of course, the old familiar sourdough.

So there are all kinds of things to discover in the world of mushrooms! If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write us in the comments.

Here is a video from Paul Staments:

baked mushrooms

baked mushrooms

ingredients

700 g mushrooms

100 g cream cheese

150 g of gorgonzola or other blue cheese

150 g of creme fraiche

4 tomato (s),

dried in oil 200 ml vegetable broth 2 small onion (s) salt and pepper paprika 2 cloves of garlic)

275 g bacon, smoked or bacon finely diced

El kéfir de agua y lo que debe saber sobre él

Water kefir (Japanese crystals)

Water kefir is a symbiosis of bacteria and yeast cells, mainly Streptococcus lactis, Lactobacillus brevis and Saccharomyces cerevisae. The resulting beverage is probiotic and very refreshing. The exact origin of water kefir is unclear, but it probably comes from Mexico. Here, crystals that feed on a sugar solution are found in opuntias. The crystals used are apparently identical to a mixed culture that was already known as “TIBI” or “graines vivantes” before World War II.

Water kefir is a wonderful refreshing beverage and an excellent substitute for industrially produced soft drinks.
Water kefir produces a kind of lemonade. It is never the same, the taste of water kefir lemonade depends a lot on the processed fruits, but also on the temperature. It is somewhat acidic and bubbles slightly due to the production of carbonic acid. By adding sugar, the taste can vary individually from sour to sweet. It is very important that our kefir colony never comes in contact with metal. Contact with metal can create a low voltage, which would cause the kefir crystals to die.

How do I start a life with kefir?

This is very simple. Just order a culture on the Internet and get sugar, nuts and a large jar. Go ahead!

What can water kefir be stored and cultured in?

As already mentioned, it is important that the kefir does not come into contact with metal. Therefore, be sure to use a suitable container (e.g., a jar with a glass lid or similar) and the appropriate working material.

What does my water kefir need?

First of all, attention and love. In addition, nuts, lemons, ginger, etc., according to taste, as well as about 3-6 large spoons of sugar. All this goes into our prepared container, where it then matures – according to taste – for 1 to 3 days until the kefir is ready to drink.

How to make our kefir even better

Kefir especially likes water with a high lime content. But it doesn’t always have to be water. Some fruit and vegetable juices are also suitable for fermentation.

What do I do with my water kefir during vacations or when I don’t have time?

There are several ways to store it:

Put the crystals in a small container with strong sugar water and put them in the refrigerator. They will keep for a few weeks.
Freeze the crystals with a little liquid.
Dry the crystals in the sun or in a dehydrator and store them dry, of course.

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Albóndiga de kéfir de agua

Albóndiga de kéfir de agua

 

Cuando nuestro kéfir de agua va bien, se multiplica rápidamente. Eso puede sumar bastantes cristales de kéfir. ¿Qué puede hacer con este valioso producto?

Hay algunas cosas estupendas que puedes hacer con los cristales preciosos. Una vez que hayamos abastecido a nuestros amigos y conocidos con el excedente de kéfir, se puede cocinar kéfir, por ejemplo.

Puedes encontrar una receta muy sencilla y deliciosa aquí:

 

Ingredientes
50 ml de aceite
400 g de cristales de kéfir (cristales de kéfir de agua)
1 cebolla(s)
5 cucharadas de copos de avena
200 ml de agua
1 cucharadita de caldo de verduras, instantáneo
1 cucharadita de sal
1/2 cucharadita de pimienta negra
1/2 cucharadita de pimentón en polvo, rosa picante
1 cucharadita de mostaza
1 huevo(s)

 

Primero se pica la cebolla y se fríe ligeramente, luego se pone en un bol con los demás ingredientes y se mezcla bien. Ahora, forme la masa en albóndigas a su gusto.

Coloque las albóndigas de kéfir formadas en una sartén preparada con aceite y fríalas de dos a cuatro minutos por cada lado.

¡Las deliciosas albóndigas de kéfir están listas!

 

Nuestra recomendación: hamburguesas de kéfir

Hamburguesa de kéfir con deliciosa salsa de hamburguesa, ensalada y verduras y patatas fritas de boniato al lado.

El kéfir es una alternativa deliciosa y súper saludable a la carne.
A toda la familia le encanta nuestra nueva creación de hamburguesas
Es un gran éxito

Mycotherapy for Animals – The Healing Power of Mushrooms

Mycotherapy for Animals – The Healing Power of Mushrooms

We love our pets whether dog, cat or mouse.  We want our animals to grow old as healthily as possible. But how can this be achieved with a constant increase in diseases? Mycotherapy has shown amazing success here.

Mykotherapie für Tiere- funghi Mallorca

Mykotherapie für Tiere

When we think of mushrooms, a beautiful old forest with moss-covered trees usually comes to mind. Here you can find one or the other delicacy, whether porcini or chanterelle, both end up in the basket. But mushrooms are not only tasty, the shiitake, maitake and oyster mushroom are delicious medicinal mushrooms from nature. However, this is only a small part of the large world of edible and medicinal mushrooms. Penicillin, for example, is obtained from a mould. The Tibetan caterpillar fungus (Cordyceps) uses caterpillars as hosts and is also considered the most powerful medicinal mushroom.

 

Mycotherapy for pets

Mykotherpie für HundeThe most important thing for humans and animals is prevention. The motto is not to get sick in the first place. This means that our dear pet should first be kept according to its needs and the appropriate diet and social life play a major role. A very important point is the nutrition. It is not for nothing that there is the saying “You are what you eat” in all languages.
Some medicinal mushrooms support the human as well as the animal organism very well. Mycotherapy can therefore be easily incorporated into the normal course of life as a preventive measure. Reishi, for example, also called the “mushroom of immortality”, already indicates its healing effect with its name. Even small amounts achieve great results. In these hectic and fast-moving times, it is not only us two-legged people who suffer from burnout or allergies, but also our favourite furry friends who suffer from environmental pollution, genetic engineering and drug intolerance.
Even small amounts can have a great effect in mycotherapy. Many substances play a role, such as their high concentration of glycoproteins, beta-1,6-glucan, eritadenins, polysaccharides and secondary bioactive substances.

 

 

How are vital and medicinal mushrooms used in mycotherapy?

They are usually enriched or added to the feed. The medicinal mushroom powder can simply be added to the usual food. Many animals like to eat the mushrooms. The other possibility is to cook a decoction and add it to the drinking water. The addition of vitamin C has great advantages in enhancing the effect of the medicinal mushrooms.

 

Quality of vital mushrooms and mycoteraphy

In mycotherapy for animals, attention must be paid to the origin of the mushrooms. Up to 500 different pesticides, heavy metals and microbiological abnormalities have been found in samples from the Far East. Of course, we do not want to use such contaminated mushrooms for ourselves or our four-legged friends.

Sie Sollten auf alle Fälle einen Fachman befragen.

 

Gewicht Tierart Pilzpulver Extrakt
Bis 10 kg Doc  Max. 1 g max. 250-300 mg
10-20 kg   2 g 500-600 mg
20-40 kg doc 3 g 1000-1200 mg
bis 5 kg Cat 1 g 250-300 mg
5-10 kg Cat  2 g 500-600 mg
bis 300 kg Pony 3 g 1000-1200 mg
ab 500 kg Horse 4 g 1200-1800 mg
  Nager 500 mg 125-250 mg
  Birds 250 mg 125 mg

 

 

 

What else is important in mycotherapy?

Shiitake should not be used if the animal has heart and/or kidney failure due to its high potassium content.

Judas ear should not be used if the animal is to become pregnant or already is.

Mycotherapy for animals – The healing power of mushrooms

Mycotherapy for animals – The healing power of mushrooms

We love our pets whether dog, cat or mouse.  We want our animals to grow old as healthy as possible. But how can this be achieved, with a constant increase in diseases? Mycotherapy has amazing successes to show here.

Mykotherapie für Tiere- funghi Mallorca

Mykotherapie für Tiere

When we think of mushrooms, a beautiful old forest with moss-covered trees usually comes to mind. Here you can find one or the other delicacy, whether porcini or chanterelle, both end up in the basket. But mushrooms are not only tasty, the shiitake, maitake and oyster mushroom are delicious medicine mushrooms from nature. This is nevertheless only a small part from the large world of the food mushrooms and welfare mushrooms. Penicillin, for example, is obtained from a mold. The Tibetan caterpillar fungus (Cordyceps) uses caterpillars as hosts and is also considered the most powerful medicinal mushroom.

Mycotherapy for pets

Mykotherpie für HundeThe most important thing for humans and animals is prevention. So do not get sick in the first place is the motto. This means that our dear pet should first be kept according to its needs and the appropriate diet and social life play a major role. A very important point is the nutrition. Not for nothing there is the saying “You are what you eat” in all languages.
Some medicinal mushrooms support the human as well as the animal organism very well. Thus, mycotherapy can be easily incorporated into the normal course of life as a preventive measure. Reishi, for example, also called the “mushroom of immortality”, already indicates its healing effect with its name. Even small amounts achieve great success. In these hectic and fast-paced times, not only we bipeds have people diseases such as burnout or allergies, even our dearest fur noses suffer from environmental pollution, genetic engineering and drug intolerances.
Even small amounts can achieve great effect in mycotherapy. Many substances play a role such as their high concentration of glycoproteins, beta-1,6-glucan, eritadenins, polysaccharides and secondary bioactives.

How are vital and medicinal mushrooms used in mycotherapy?

Most often they are enriched or added to the feed. The medicinal mushroom powder can be easily added to the usual feed. Many animals like to eat the mushrooms. The other possibility is to cook a decoction and add it to the drinking water. Great benefits to enhance the effect of medicinal mushrooms, brings the addition of vitamin C.

Quality of vital mushrooms and mycoteraphy

In mycotherapy for animals, attention must be paid to the origin of the mushrooms. Already up to 500 different pesticides, as well as heavy metals and microbiological abnormalities were found in samples from the Far East. Of course, we do not want to use such contaminated mushrooms for us or our four-legged friends.

In any case you should consult a specialist.

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Weight Species Mushroom powder extract
Bis 10 kg Dog  Max. 1 g max. 250-300 mg
10-20 kg Dog 2 g 500-600 mg
20-40 kg Hund 3 g 1000-1200 mg
bis 5 kg Cat 1 g 250-300 mg
5-10 kg Cat 2 g 500-600 mg
bis 300 kg Pony 3 g 1000-1200 mg
ab 500 kg Horse 4 g 1200-1800 mg
Rodents 500 mg 125-250 mg
Birds 250 mg 125 mg

What else is important in mycoterapy?

The shiitake should not be used in case of existing cardiac and/or renal insufficiency due to its high potassium content.

The Judas ear should not be used if the animal is to become pregnant or already is.

Mycotherapy – medicinal and vital mushrooms for dogs with skin problems

When man’s “best friend” has skin problems, it doesn’t always have to be risky medications – vital and medicinal mushrooms have long been used in mycotherapy for our animals

A brief introduction to the topic of medicinal and vital mushrooms

Mycotherapy for dogs

The fruits of the forest have been used for thousands of years in the prevention and acute treatment of diseases (mycotherapy). The most famous culture that uses medicinal mushrooms to this day are probably the Chinese. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), vital and medicinal mushrooms are an integral part of mycotherapy. But also the prehistoric man Ötzi had a mushroom amulet with him on his long journey. The porling amulet was probably used for all kinds of travel ailments.
But there are also some animals that use mushrooms as medicine. Bees, for example, like to eat certain medicinal mushrooms to strengthen their immune system against the dreaded Varroa mite.

Skin problems with dogs

Man’s best friend, always a faithful companion through good times and bad. But what if our friend is not well?
Many dogs today are plagued by allergies and skin problems. This can have different reasons. Allergies exist, as in humans, to just about anything, grass, pollen, food, additives or even sun. Other factors, such as breed and health status are important factors for a healthy dog life. Also, it should not be forgotten that there are a lot of parasites targeting your dog.
The important thing is that the dog is healthy and vital. Because in a strong, healthy body bacteria, viruses or parasites have it much more difficult than in a very old, weak body.

Use of medicinal mushrooms in dogs.

So the first thing to do is to protect the dog before it becomes seriously ill. Of course, this is done first by a few simple rules. First of all, the breed appropriate exercise and brain jogging and secondly, the more important point, the diet. There is in all languages the saying, ” You are what you eat”. So it is with our dog. So we can do a lot of good for our pelt nose with the right nutrition. Vital mushrooms can make an important part. Often it already helps the dog when the itching subsides. Mycotherapy achieves amazing results in this regard.
Of course, medicinal mushrooms also help when the disease has already broken out. Especially for diseases caused by mites, fleas or allergies to environmental influences, mycotherapy is a real miracle weapon. The mushrooms work through their high concentration of glycoproteins, polysaccharides and secondary bioactives. But also through some minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, trace elements such as iron and silicon, as well as several vitamins of the B and D group.

Which mushrooms are suitable for mycotherapy

Hericium erinaceus (spiny beard): the beautiful looking mushroom plays a great role if your dog has a food allergy. The vital mushroom supports the natural intestinal flora, which leads to better food tolerance.

Cordyceps sinensis (Chinese caterpillar fungus): Cordyceps offers the possibility of regulating the function of the hormonal system when taken long-term. This mushroom is probably one of the most powerful medicinal mushrooms currently known.

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum): Also called the mushroom of immortality. This already indicates the strong effect of the vital mushroom. The Reishi is used for many different ailments.

Auricularia polytricha (Judas ear): The mushroom is very good for blood circulation and thus strengthens the skin. However, care should be taken not to feed the mushroom to a pregnant bitch as it can cause miscarriage.

Polyporus umbellatus (oak hare): This fungus has a very strong antibiotic effect, which makes it an optimal fungus for preventive care.

For several years now, there have been experts who will be happy to advise and inform you on the subject of mycotherapy for dogs.

The alternative veterinary medicine (Mykotherapie) offers with the employment of welfare and vital mushrooms an effective and nevertheless side effect-free support for the healing of wounds, with the relief of itching or the fight against cancer.

Whether a single remedy or a combination of several medicinal and vital mushrooms – the mushroom powder or mushroom extracts can be given to the dog with the food.

Externe Links

Atopische Dermatitis des Hundes

Mykotherapie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhz2lzgC49M

Bees are dying out! With medicinal mushrooms against the varroa mite

“When the bees die out, man has 4 years to live” (Einstein).

Our bees (Apis) are threatened by environmental toxins, monocultures and their worst enemy, the varroa mite

Varroamilbe

The Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) is an approximately 1.2 mm large mite that lives parasitically on Apis mellifera and Apis cerana. This secretive and extremely destructive mite has been spreading among European bee colonies for 40 years now.

The mite first attacks the brood. When the larva is 4-5 days old and about to be covered, it is attacked by the varroa mite. The mites then multiply as the brood grows. If the bees survive this attack, they are often born crippled. The small but very effective parasite can quickly destroy entire colonies.

Another villain in the bee world is Nosema ceranae. This protozoa nests in the intestines of the bees and spreads through the feces in the hive. This disease can also destroy entire bee colonies.

A strong and healthy bee colony

Bienen am Einflugsloch

Bienen am Einflugsloch

The most important thing is a strong and healthy bee colony, so that no parasites, germs or diseases can spread in the first place. But what is important for a good and healthy colony? Let’s look at nature.

Environmental influences for the bee

In nature, first of all, there are no neonicitoids, antifungal agents, etc. Nor are there any square, six-story hives made of Styrofoam there.

However, one of the most important points for a healthy and strong bee colony is the nutrition of the bees. A very short monoculture harvest (flowering) and feeding with sugar water in order to obtain a lot of honey as cheaply as possible will not pay off in the long run. There are all kinds of substances in flower pollen that can protect our bees from parasites and viruses. Therefore, especially in the countryside, there should be many more different flowering areas that provide bees with food. Nowadays, bees in cities curiously often find more and different pollen than their colleagues in the countryside.

But what does the fungus do for the bees?

In the wild, there are some species of bees that live in old tree cavities. You can understand the bee, the place is safe from most predators, the entrance hole is not so large and thus easier to guard and it is wonderfully dry.
But there are more co-inhabitants in the tree-bee community: fungi, and not a few of them!
One day, the well-known mycologist Paul Stamets discovered that the mycelium (fungal tissue) was being eaten by bees. But why and what is behind it? The fungus is the pharmacy of bees. There are very well known and researched vital and medicinal mushrooms, these include the Reishi (Lackporling), the Maitkae, the Shittake and many more. These mushrooms were often weighed with gold in the past because of their healing properties. Medicinal mushrooms have an effect that strengthens the immune system. This proven effect comes, among other things, from glycanesacharidden, but other antiviral or antibacterial substances are also formed in the mushroom, such as the triterpenene in the reishi. This substance is important for our intestines. For this, there are breathtaking results in people with various severe gastrointestinal diseases.

Ganoderma-Lucidum – The mushroom of immortality

Today there are not many colonies of bees living in tree hollows. That is why we have to support our bees with vital mushrooms.
For this purpose, there is a special formula of various medicinal mushrooms, which are mixed with organic honey to provide the bees with a “mushroom cure”.
This special mixture strengthens the bees in a natural way! It protects the intestinal flora and strengthens the immune system, so that the bees can better defend themselves against the protozoan Nosema ceranae and also the Varroa mite.

More very interesting articles on this topic can be found here:

https://www.wissenschaft-aktuell.de/artikel/Bienen_zuechten_Pilze_als_Futter_fuer_die_Brut1771015589983.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2017/06/05/can-a-mushroom-save-honey-bees/#3ac0a6aa5322

Mushrooms – Vitamin D – Deficiency – Dosage – Effect

Vitamin D – The Sun Vitamin

Humans can produce vitamin D in the skin under the influence of sunlight. The mushroom is not inferior to us here. Mushrooms are some of the few foods that contain vitamin D and produce it themselves. Various mushrooms such as oyster mushrooms, the Reishi and the genus Cordyceps, are considered for many years as a vitamin D supplier.

Vitamin D is essential for life, but why ?

Large parts of the world’s population are deficient in this extremely important nutrient. This vitamin complex, which is actually a hormone, acts in organs, bones and tissues, including the CNS and peripheral nervous system. In addition, vitamin D regulates calcium levels in the blood and thus has a major impact on heart health.
The topic of sleep and healthy bones is also co-determined by this vitamin.

Where does the vitamin D come from ?

Mushrooms are the most important source of vitamin D in plants. The precursor of vitamin D2, ergosterol (provitamin D2), is found primarily in mushrooms. The mushroom is a small miracle of nature. Because it can form the vitamin D just like we humans. We take advantage of this and dry our mushrooms gently under the sun of Mallorca.
Nowadays, most vitamin D preparations are made from pork fat. Here the fat and the skin of the pigs are cooked and through a chemical process the vitamin D is extracted. Not exactly a pleasant thought.

Taking vitamin D

Especially in the dark seasons, vitamin D should be taken daily. Also risk groups such as employees in the night or shift system, often people who work in large offices or markets without direct sunlight, suffer from the consequences of a vitamin D deficiency.

Signs of vitamin D deficiency

  • Muscle pain
  • Low spirits
  • Elderly people have a higher need for vitamin D
  • Fatigue
  • digestive problems
  • a lot of sweat on the head
  • bone pain
  • sleep disturbances

Vitamin D dosage without blood test

  • Babies 400 IU.
  • Children over one year 1,000 IU.
  • Adolescents 1,000 IU per twelve kilograms of body weight.
  • Adults 5,000 IU for an average weight of 70 kilograms.
  • Pregnant women 4,000 IU to 6,000 IU.

What you should know about dried mushrooms

Are dried mushrooms poisonous? Can you dry mushrooms in the oven? Are dried mushrooms healthy? All these questions we clarify in the following article.

In autumn there are plenty of mushrooms to be found in the woods. As a mushroom connoisseur, the probability is very high to come home after a walk in the forest, with bulging baskets mushroom. Sometimes you can not eat so much. Then there are different ways to further process the remaining mushrooms and make them storable.
You can dry the mushrooms, pickle them or freeze them. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Today we would like to focus on dried mushrooms.

How to dry mushrooms?

Some types of mushrooms are preferably dried in the dark and at a constant temperature, which preferably does not exceed 35 ° to 50 ° degrees. The oven or a boiler room is often very suitable here. In variant number one, spread these for this purpose thinly sliced slices of mushrooms at regular intervals on the baking sheet and put it in the oven for 3-5 hrs. To be able to dry the mushrooms in the heating cellar, or even in the sun, thread the mushroom slices with a needle on a sturdy yarn and hang them up.

Some types of mushrooms, such as oyster mushrooms, are excellent for drying in the sun. These mushrooms have the ability to increase their vitamin D content many times over. Your organism is able to produce vitamin D directly from sunlight, which strongly advocates taking vitamin D products in the form of dried mushrooms or medicinal mushroom products.

How do I store dried mushrooms?

The best way is cool, dry and dark. To do this, we pack the mushrooms either in well-sealed zip bags, Tupper tins or in canning jars. They are stored, for example, in the cellar and in pantries.

How do dried mushrooms taste?

Dried mushrooms usually have a more intense flavor than fresh mushrooms, because the flavors are more concentrated by drying.

Do mushrooms become poisonous when dried?

No, as long as they are not moldy or infested with moths or the like, you can use the mushrooms with a clear conscience until the next season or longer. Also valuable ingredients such as vitamin D, vitamin B, folic acid and minerals remain contained during drying.

How long can you lay dried mushrooms ?

Very long! As long as there is no mold or insect infestation on the mushrooms, they can be used for years.

Which mushrooms can be dried particularly well?

Oyster mushrooms, rose mushrooms, herb mushrooms, porcini mushrooms, mushrooms, all types of mushrooms and morels.

What do I do with the dried mushroom?

Dried mushrooms can be used similarly to fresh mushrooms. Ground as a powder, the mushrooms, a fine sauce to something very special. Or also as a soup ingredient they are super. Just as a dietary supplement, in powder form and capsules, they are super easy to integrate into the daily routine, for example in smoothies or in cereal.

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What else to look for in dried mushrooms ?

What you should really pay attention to, as far as this goes, is the country of origin. This applies in principle to all mushroom products that appeal to you. Mushrooms are the perfect detoxification machines, not only for the human organism. This means that the mushroom can, under certain circumstances, absorb and process environmental toxins. Especially from the Far East, are often high pollutant loads in the mushrooms and products to find.