Mushroom Fun Facts


  • Mushrooms are neither a fruit nor vegetable.
  • Fungi are categorized in a kingdom entirely of their own, which is closer to animals than plants.
  • A portabella mushroom can contain more potassium than a banana.
  • White, cremini, and portabella mushrooms are all the same type of mushroom, just at different maturity levels. White mushrooms are the toddlers, cremini mushrooms are the teenagers, and portabella mushrooms are the adults.
  • There is a mushroom called “Chicken Of The Woods” that looks similar to a piece of fried chicken, and shares a juicy, meaty flavour when cooked.
  • Research shows that more than 80% of the Earth under our feet is mycelium. Mycelium is the underground root system of mushrooms. 
  • A “fairy ring” is a naturally occurring ring or arc of mushrooms. They are mainly found in forested areas, but also appear in grasslands. (Pictured)
  • Mushrooms are known as the “meat” of the vegetable world and replace it in many vegan-friendly dishes.
  • Scientists have identified a giant, prehistoric fungi fossil that is over 19 feet tall and became extinct more than 350 million years ago. It’s been said that these giant mushrooms used to cover Earth before trees overtook the land. 
  • Upper Class Ancient Romans and Greeks used to hire food tasters to ensure mushrooms were safe to eat prior to consumption.