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Morel Mushrooms

These elusive and expensive mushrooms are only grown in the wild.

These elusive and expensive mushrooms are only grown in the wild, making them a hot commodity among chefs and mushroom enthusiasts alike. They have some surprising health benefits as well.
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A warm salad with sprouting broccoli and duck egg, a morel, asparagus and gruyere tart, or sautéed morels with scrambled eggs, and a morel tempura with a smoked paprika mayo.
FACTS
  • These distinctive fungi have a honeycomb appearance due to the network of ridges with pits composing their caps.
  • Although there have been efforts to cultivate morels, they’re extremely difficult to farm, meaning they must be foraged and harvested from where they naturally grow.
  • Morels are usually found in wooded areas throughout North America and Europe, in warm and wet conditions.
  • Genus: Morchella
    Species: Morchella elata (black morel)
    Family: Morchellaceae

Why are they so good?

Nutritional highlights – morel mushrooms can provide:

B Vitamins [B2, B3, B5, B6] (100g = 15% RNA) these help a variety of enzymes do their jobs – from releasing energy from carbohydrates and fat, to breaking down amino acids and transporting oxygen and energy-containing nutrients around the body.

Iron (100g = 152% RNA) helps to increase the production of red blood cells – boosting circulation, which means more oxygen and nutrients transported throughout your body. Combine with Vitamin C to use veggie iron.

Phosphorous (100g = 28%) is used in the formation of bones and teeth, how the body uses carbohydrates and fats, and helps to make protein for the growth and repair of cells and tissues.

Copper (100g = 69%) is necessary for the proper growth, development and maintenance of bone, connective tissue, brain, heart and many other body organs.

Vitamin D (100g = 34%) acts like a hormone and helps the body absorb and retain calcium, supports immunity, helps muscles contract and nerves to function.

Main health benefits

May support energy production: the B Vitamins in Morels all help to extract energy from food and iron transports oxygen around the body, where phosphorous helps to create ATP – the energy storage molecule.

May support immunity: morels have great levels of vitamin D that along with zinc and vitamin C supports immunity.

May support bone health: the vitamin D, phosphorous and copper work together to support bone health.

Help to create enzymes and antioxidants: that aid in biochemical processes and helping to lower oxidative stress in the body

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