Mini Portabella Mushrooms

Cremini (crimini) mushroom, also known as mini protabella mushrooms, have been listed as one of the world’s healthiest foods. I did not know that. In fact, I had never even heard of them before I made Multi-Bean Soup.

Several months ago I decided, once again, that I needed to eat better. At the time I was on the Junior-Mints-and-Theater-Style-popcorn diet.  I went on the computer machine and pulled up what appeared to be a yummy recipe.

I saddled up my horse, Old Paint, put the recipe in my saddle bag and dutifully trotted over to buy the ingredients at Sprouts Grocery in Palm Desert. It was (almost) 147 degrees that day. I could have made the soup on the asphalt of the parking lot but I forgot my pot.

Sprouts had several different types of mushrooms in unrefrigerated bins. At the risk of looking like a novice, which I am, I examined each kind like I knew what I was doing.

“Cremini Mushrooms are actually the same species of mushroom as White Button Mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus.) They are just a slightly different strain of that species, which develops a thin layer of tan or coffee-coloured cells on its cap.”

Gee doggies. After I made this soup, the mushrooms became my favorite part. They are DELICIOUS!

Here are some of the phytonutrients contained in cremini. They contain CLA (conjugated-linoleic acid) that is said to help ward off the growth of breast cancer cells. CLA inhibits an enzyme, aromatase, which otherwise would help the body to make estrogen. These mushrooms may improve the body’s immune system overall and may block the onset of tumors.

They also contain L-ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant. Impressive roles played by L-ergothioneine include its ability to protect cells from mutating, protection from UV and radiation damage and its role in liver detoxification. A study in Cologne, Germany, says that L-ergothioneine is effective in treating chronic inflammatory disease.

Those phytonutrients sure taste good!  Gee doggies. After I made this soup, the mushrooms became my favorite part. They are DELICIOUS!


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