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Yay!! Mike and I just received a kit from Back to the Roots for growing our mushrooms at home. (Back to the Roots is a totally amazing company of two aspiring young chaps who turned to sustainable urban mushroom farming out of innovative experiments growing oyster mushrooms in a fraternity kitchen.) We paid about $20 plus shipping for the super-easy mushroom kit, and there are a lot of simple ways for you to build your own low-cost mushroom kit at home.  Not only are home-grown mushrooms an inexpensive way to enjoy organic mushrooms, it can make an exciting science project for your kids! And what’s even more amazing is that they grow in a very compact space (see photo below).

The mushroom container poses next to the yoga mat. These mushrooms don't need a lot of space for growing!

Mushrooms receive credit for sporting terpenoids, which help boost the immunity and produce anti-tumor and anti-cancer compounds.  Studies show that people who consume a lot of mushrooms show a lower rate of breast and stomach cancers. They also boast numerous antioxidants that aren’t easily destroyed by heat or drying, unlike most fruits and vegetables. And what’s more is that, when exposed to UV lights, mushrooms produce vitamin D!

Raw oyster mushrooms are low in sodium and fat.They are an excellent source of fiber, potassium, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, niacin, phosphorus and copper. It is also a good source of protein, thiamine, vitamin B6, folate, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc and manganese.   You can read more about their nutritional profile at nutritiondata.com. 

For more information all about organic mushrooms, visit http://www.fungusamongus.com. For more information about creating or finding your own mushroom kits, visit http://www.fungi.com/.

Do you have any favorite ways of preparing oyster mushrooms? Please leave them in the comments below.

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