funguys King oyster mushroomFunguys Produces fresh Winter Oysters and Shiitake mushrooms for a select market in the Garden Route. For information on the nutritional value of our mushrooms, please view the images below.

Pleurotus ostreatus - Winter Oyster Mushroom

Nutrition Facts Label OYSTER MUSHROOM Caloric Ratio Pyramid oyster mushroom
By Dry Weight Oyster Mushrooms also contain:

Niacin: 109mg/100g
Folic acid: 65mg/100g
High in Potasium: 306mg/100g

Reference: Paul Stamets - Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

shiitake nutritionFunguys Produces fresh Winter Oysters and Shiitake mushrooms for a select market in the Garden Route. For information on the nutritional value of our mushrooms, please view the images below.

Nutrition Facts Label shiitake

Caloric Ratio Pyramid shiitake

Shiitake also have the following nutrients:

Niacin: 55mg/100g

Thiamin: 7.8mg/100g

Riboflavin: 5mg/100g

Lentinan, a water-soluble polysaccharide, extracted from the mushrooms, is an approved anti-cancer drug in Japan.

There has been hundreds of papers published over the last twenty years about the health benefits of shiitake.

A small percentage of people may be allergic to shiitake, this may be avoided by properly cooking your mushrooms.

reishi antlersReishi is not a mushroom for the pot, but is never the less one of the more important tools in our arsenal, to improve health and ward of disease.

Medicinal Properties:
Reishi contains a complex group of polysaccharides/beta glucans that have been reported to stimulate our immune sytem. Reishi have up to 40% beta glucan content. Ganoderic acid is another constituent of Reishi and is reported to have an anticoagulating effect on the blood and lowers cholesterol (See Morigawa et al., 1986). Some studies have shown the modulating effects of reishi on blood pressure and lipid levels (Kabir et al., 1989).

Preparing Reishi:
You can make a tea from dried crushed reishi to extract the water soluble polysaccharides or extract the dried mushroom using alcohol.

Making a Tea: Use 5g of Reihi powder in a tea pot. Fill your pot with 250ml of cold water. Slowly bring the water to boil on your stove. As soon as boiling point is reached, turn of the stove, and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Your tea is now ready to be consumed.

Making an extract: Place 50g of dried reishi in a clean glass container with lid. Pour 500ml of good grade vodka over the dried mushrooms and allow to steep for 7 days. Then strain off the extract into a clean glass container and keep refrigerated (keep the reishi for a second extract).

You can use 15ml extract, mixed with a glass of water or orange juice (250ml) in the morning as an every day defence or use up to 30ml a day if needed. You will soon come to enjoy the bitter taste.

lionsmaneThe PomPom mushroom, Lions mane or Hericeum erinaceus: a very unusual looker, with furry tentacles, white in color and delicious.

 

Nutritional Content:

Protein: 31g / 100g

Fat: 4g / 100g

Ash: 9.8g / 100g

Sodium: 1.2mg / 100g

Phosphorus: 1.22g / 100g

Iron: 20.3mg / 100g

Calcium: 1.2mg / 100g

Potassium: 4.46mg / 100g

Magnesium: 123mg / 100g

Thiamin: 5.33mg / 100g

Riboflavin: 3.91mg / 100g

Calciferol 240 IU / 100g

Niacin: 18.3mg / 100g

Ergosterol: 381mg / 100g

Medicinal Properties:

Reportedly (Chen 1992), H.erinaceus, in tablet form, was effective on "ulcers, inflammations, and tumours of the alimentary canal." Recently a patent was awarded in Japan (#05391544), that showed that this mushroom containes Eninacines or erinacines, which are strong stimulators to nerve growth synthesis (Kawagishi et al. 1991, 1994). The compounds erinacines stimulate nerves to regrow, potentially significant in the treatment of nerve diseases eg. senility, Alzheimer's disease, repairing neurological trauma from strokes, improving muscle/motor response pathways, and cognitive function. (Paul Stamets - Growing Gourmet and medicinal Mushrooms.)

How to Prepare your fresh Mushrooms:

My wife and I really enjoy this mushroom. We cut the mushroom in slices, resembling a furry burger patty. I then fry my slices of mushroom in olive oil, until the sides become slightly golden and crisp. Remove them from the heat and squeeze a bit of lemon juice over the mushroom. Enjoy.

 

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