Mushroom, Growing Mushroom, Mushroom Receipe,Mushroom care


Sunday, December 24, 2006

Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Tasty crab stuffed mushrooms with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese make a great party snack.


  • 1 pound large mushrooms
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3 green onions, minced
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
  • 4 ounces crab meat
  • 1 cup fresh fine bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning blend
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese


Wash and trim the end of stems from mushrooms. Pop remaining stem out. Chop stems and set aside. Melt 2 tablespoons butter; brush over mushrooms. Spray a shallow baking dish (about 8-inch square, or one which will fit mushrooms in one layer) with butter-flavored spray or grease with butter.

Melt remaining butter in skillet; add reserved chopped stems, minced green onions and red bell pepper.

Good Luck!!!


Chemical properties

Mushroom in the acandon Jungle.

Ganoderma sp Of central interest with respect to chemical properties of mushrooms is the fact that many species produce secondary metabolites that render them toxic, mind-altering, or even

Toxicity likely plays a role in protecting the function of the basidiocarp: the mycelium has expended considerable energy and protoplasmic material to develop a structure to efficiently distribute its spores. One defense against consumption and premature destruction is the evolution of chemicals that render the mushroom inedible, either causing the consumer to regurgitate (see emetics) the meal or avoid consumption altogether (see Mushroom poisoning).

Psilocybin mushrooms possess psychedelic properties. They are commonly known as "magic mushrooms" or "shrooms", and are available in smart shops in many parts of the world (see Psychedelic mushroom). A number of other mushrooms are eaten
for their psychoactive effects, such as fly agaric, which is used for shamanic purposes by tribes in northeast Siberia.

Currently, many species of mushrooms and fungi utilized as folk medicines for thousands of years are under intense study by ethnobotanists and medical researchers. Maitake, shiitake, and reishi are prominent among those being researched for their potential anti-cancer, anti-viral, and/or immunity-enhancement properties.

Laetiporus sulphureus

Psilocybin, originally an extract of certain psychedelic mushrooms, is being studied for its ability to help people suffering from mental disease, such as Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Minute amounts have been reported to stop cluster and migraine headaches. It has also been used in the west to potentiate religious
Because of their psychoactive properties, some mushrooms have played a role in
native medicine, where they have been used to effect mental and physical healing, and to facilitate visionary states. One such ritual is the Velada ceremony. A representative figure of traditional mushroom use is the shaman, curandera (priest-healer), Maria Sabina.

Some mushrooms have been used as fire starters (known as tinder fungi).



Mushroom structure

These emerging mushrooms are too immature to safely identify the species
the relative sizes of the cap and the pileus vary widely.
Identifying mushrooms requires a basic understanding of their macroscopic structure. A "typical" mushroom consists of a cap or pileus supported
on a stem or stipe. Both can have a variety of

shapes and be ornamented in various ways. The underside of the cap (in agarics) is fitted with gills or lamellae where the actual spores are produced. How the gills are attached is another important characteristic used in identification. In the boletes, the gills are replaced by small openings called pores. Bracket fungi essentially lack a stipe, and the cap is attached like a bracket to the substratum, usually a log or tree trunk. Some bracket fungi have gills, others have pores.

In general, identification to genus can be accomplished in the field using a local mushroom guide. Identification to species, however, requires more effort; one must remember that a mushroom develops from a young bud into a mature structure and only the latter can provide certain identification of the species. Examination of mature spores, or at least knowing their color, is often essential. To this end, a common method used to assist in identification is the spore print.
Apical germ pore

Apical Germ Pore is a term applied to mushroom spores which have a pore at one end. Some spores have a hole in the cell wall where the first strand of germinating mycelium emerges. If the cell wall is divided from one end to the other, this is called a germ slit. Commonly the germ pore is at one end of the mushroom spore and is called an apical pore.
Mushroom genera with apical germ pores include Agrocybe, Panaeolus, Psilocybe,
and Pholiota.