Mushrooms, are a great source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. In fact, mushrooms are the only natural fruit or vegetable source of Vitamin D. They’ve been used for centuries to prevent and treat serious illnesses. They boost your immune system’s function by increasing antiviral proteins to keep you from getting sick when your son brings home that runny nose.

Mushrooms also contain natural sources of statins, which help lower cholesterol and protect against heart disease. Several types of mushrooms have antioxidant power that can help prevent tumor formation, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. On top of all of that goodness, mushrooms contain B vitamins that will help rev up your metabolism and selenium to protect the health of your bladder.

There are a lot of people who don’t enjoy the earthy taste of mushrooms, but before you reject them completely, take a look at these different varieties and scrumptious recipes.

White Button Mushrooms
The most common mushrooms. You will find these guys on your pizza, burger, or salad. They are relatively cheap and extremely versatile. Try this Mushroom and Egg White Omelet.
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Portobello Mushrooms
The meatiest and largest of common edible mushrooms. They are tasty when stuffed and then grilled or baked. Try this Lasagna Stuffed Portobello Mushroom from Willow Bird Baking!

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Crimini “Brown” Mushrooms
These are also called baby Portobello mushrooms and are very tasty in soups and salads. Give this yummy Cream of Crimini Mushroom Soup from Megara’s Munchies a try.
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Morel Mushrooms
You won’t find these at the supermarket, but they are the most common wild mushrooms hunted in the Midwest. Happy hunting and may the odds be ever in your favor! Fried Morel Mushrooms by Allrecipes.
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Truffles
A delicacy in the culinary world, truffles grow underground and require a cute pig nose to smell them out. So, when you pay the extra pretty penny for them, just think of that cute little face. Then shave a truffle on on this delicious and decadent Macaroni and Cheese with Shaved Black Truffle from 30 Days/30 Ways. Remember: keep your portion size in check for this indulgence!
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Oyster Mushrooms
These mushrooms have a lighter, more delicate favor and pare well with chicken or seafood. Punch up your chicken with this Chicken Marsala with Oyster Mushrooms and Sage from The Taste of Oregon.
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Shiitake Mushrooms
Most commonly used in Asian cuisine, this mushroom has a very woodsy flavor. Great in stir fries, soups, and pasta dishes. Toss a few in a Shiitake Mushroom and Veggie Stir Fry from Shape.
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