MUSHROOM RISOTTO RECIPE
- 1kg Rice
- 200g Onions diced
- 1 cup Olive Oil
- 10 Bay Leaves
- 2 t Garlic
- 100g Carrots
- 50g Celery
- 50g dried porcini mushrooms
- Salt & Pepper
- 600ml Chicken Stock
- 200ml White Wine
- 200ml Water
- Soak dried mushrooms in boiling hot water
- Fry onions, garlic, carrots, & celery in a pot, add rice and stir until transparent
- add boiling stock, mushrooms & bay leaves
- reduce and simmer for 10 minutes, while stirring continuously.
Mushrooms are such a wonderful commodity – so many uses for such a simple ingredient. Mushrooms are fleshy fruiting bodies of fungus. They are produced above ground on soil or on its food source. They grow from spores and not by seed, the spores are so tiny and you can’t see it with your naked eye. The ideal place to grow mushrooms is in dark, cold, moist and humid environment. Mushrooms rely on substances to grow and get nutrients from sawdust, grain, wooden chips, straw and liquid for nourishment.
Egyptians believed that the mushroom is a plant of immortality. The delicious flavour intrigued the pharaohs and command that no commoner could ever touch them and only the royals could consume them. In various countries in the world like China, Russia, Greece, Latin America and Mexico a mushroom ritual is practiced. They believed that it has properties that can produce super-human strength and can lead the souls to the kingdom of the gods. Today, the mushroom industry in Australia has rapidly growth over the past years. It is now the top three best-selling, fresh food in the market. The demand increases as time goes by.
Health Benefits of Mushroom
Mushrooms are fungi, and classified as their own kingdom-separate from plants and animals. It is commonly placed in the vegetable category for dietary recommendations, It is low in calorie, fat- free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium. It provides nutrients that found in animals and grains. It is gluten free so you can add it to your gluten free diet if required. Fresh mushrooms deliver important nutrients and are also a great source of minerals. Mushroom is a good source of Vitamin D, it assists in maintaining strong bones by helping the body absorb more calcium. An increase intake of mushroom is effective in weight management. It is a good replacement meat and makes you full and satisfied without depriving your protein needs.
Shiitake Mushroom – It has a buttery and meaty flavour. It contain certain properties that helps block cholesterol molecules in the blood stream. It also assists with sugar stabilization.
Enoki Mushroom – Creamy white in colour and long slender stemmed. They are traditionally eaten raw or slightly cooked. Enokis are virtually fat and sugar free. They contain soluble fiber that is effective in reducing high cholesterol.
Button Mushroom – Available all year round and the most consumed mushroom in the world. Button mushroom reduced heart inflammation in arterial cells. High consumption of button mushroom can help prevent, heart diseases. According to studies, eating button mushroom can boost immune system.
Swiss Brown Mushroom – It has a strong and nuttier flavour and comes from the same family as button mushroom. This type of mushroom is perfect for salad, soups and risottos. It is an excellent source of vitamins B3 and D and a good source of fiber, iron, manganese and potassium.
In addition there are countless other mushroom varieties available. They have many uses from salads to sautés to sauces and many other purposes.