MushroomPhoto by Kurtis Garbutt. Creative Commons License. 


A mushroom (or toadstool) is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source.

Allergy Alert:

A small percentage of people experience allergic reactions from exposure to mushrooms and other fungi. Childhood mushroom allergies may fade within a few years, but allergies to mushroom or mold exposure that develop in adulthood usually continue. Symptoms can arise from eating mushrooms or inhaling reproductive fungal spores. The itching and respiratory problems of allergic rhinitis can be treated with medications, but food allergies must be addressed through dietary management (Clarke, 2010).

Common Uses:

Mushrooms can be ingested alone, but are often used to accent other dishes, such as steak or pizza.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 1 cup (54 g)
Calories 21
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.3 g 0%
Sodium 5 mg 0%
Potassium 273 mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 3.7 g 1%
Dietary fiber 2.1 g 8%
Sugar 0.6 g
Protein 0.8 g 1%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 10%
Vitamin D 28% Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 1%

Source Wikipedia. (Note: This is not intended to be used, as it was copied and pasted from a Google search)

Dietary Information and Related Articles:

Here is a link to a website about edible varieties of mushrooms.