For many years, fungi were considered within the same plant kingdom. Being obtained both of the propitious earth that will be classified in the same kingdom. However, we now know that they are different; the main distinction is that plants have chlorophyll. As we all know, this aids in the process of photosynthesis. Plants absorb sunlight, water and CO2 to produce their own food. However, fungi do not have chlorophyll; in addition to lacking their characteristic green color, they are not able to produce their food. Then they get it as parasites of their hosts; they take the decomposed matter and transform it into their food.
These organisms are fascinating, their reproduction is by means of spores and their role is fundamental for the balance of the ecosystems; regulate plant, animal, and insect populations. According to data from the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), in our country about 2135 species and 95 species are known. Although some are poisonous, most are edible.
It is from pre-Hispanic times that one has knowledge of its consumption; for pre-Columbian cultures played an important role in food and rituals. During the conquest, they were demonized and their use was banned. It was until more recent times that they were rediscovered and their structure and benefits began to be studied.
Fungi provide vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates, so its consumption is advisable and beneficial. They are included in low calorie and fat diets, so they are effective for taking care of health without depriving yourself of the deliciousness of foods. Edible fungi or mushrooms cover different species, different in taste, form and size. Among the most common in our country are mushrooms, portobellos, senderillas, yellow trumpet and trumpet of the dead, gyros and, of course, the huitlacoche.
They are very versatile when cooking because they can be consumed raw, fried, cooked, grilled, grilled; provide vitamin D, boost the immune system, improve nutrition and can help prevent and treat certain diseases such as asthma, arthritis or kidney failure.
But it is recommended to consume organically grown mushrooms; its absorbent characteristic causes that sometimes there is presence of heavy metals in its composition. Growing your own mushrooms at home is the best option, it represents a benefit to health and the economy. So, do not miss out on the opportunity to learn how to grow mushrooms, with the Mushroom Cultivation workshops that Earthgonomic puts at your disposal. Help the environment and take care of your health. Register and participate!
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