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Cooking Healthy with Mushrooms

In many parts of the world, including the U.S., spring and fall are times when you can find many people scouring the woods for wild mushrooms. It's an exciting time with each discovered mushroom considered a valued treasure. In fact, mushrooms have been considered a treasure for many reasons in the cultures of Asia where mushrooms are a mainstay not only in the diet, but also in the medicine chest.

Mushrooms have been the object of scientific research for many years and are considered to have valuable immune-building and anti-cancer properties. For more information on the nutrient and medicinal qualities of The World's Healthiest Foods' mushrooms, just follow these links: crimini mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms.

Not only do both of these mushrooms have tremendous health benefits, they are also very tasty and add great flavor to a variety of dishes. I try to incorporate them in my cooking as often as possible. It is easy these days to find dried shiitakes in most supermarkets. They have a stronger taste than fresh ones and can add extra flavor to your broth or sauces. I usually complement Asian style dishes with the shiitake mushrooms, while crimini mushrooms greatly enhance Italian or Mediterranean style dishes, not to mention American favorites such as omelets, "Healthy sautéed" mushrooms and green beans or mushrooms and onions.

Following are some of our recipes you can try that are creative examples of incorporating these treasured mushrooms in your diet.