Facts & Fiction

  1. There are over 70,000 varieties of mushrooms! But only 250 are edible.
  2. When mushrooms grow they can double in size in 24 hours!
  3. The specks of dirt that you occasionally see on fresh mushrooms are particles of peat. Mushroom growers use peat as the 'casing soil' on top of the growing medium called substrate or compost
  4. Button mushrooms are sometimes referred to as Paris mushrooms ("champignons de Paris"). This is because some of the earliest mushroom cultivation began in France, specifically in the catacombs that lay beneath the city of Paris.
  5. Q: What room can be eaten? A: A mushroom.
  6. Mushrooms are not vegetables but a fungus that grows on decaying matter (e.g. compost).
  7. Mushrooms have been used for thousands of years both as food and for medicinal purposes.
  8. The Pharaohs prized mushrooms as a delicacy, and the Greeks believed that mushrooms provided strength for warriors in battle.