National Mushroom Month
Most people know September as the month during which Labor Day falls or the month when summer is beginning to come to an end. People also know this month as the one during which children begin to head back to school if they’re not already in school by the end of August.
What few people realize, however, is that September is also National Mushroom Month. This is a month to enjoy these edible members of the fungi family in all of their glory. Although we don’t recommend that people pick their own mushrooms during this month, the local supermarket has a wide variety of mushrooms that should make celebrating this month a very memorable event indeed.
The History Of National Mushroom Month
At the end of the 1980s, the U.S Mushroom Council decided to create this month to promote the culinary uses of mushrooms, as well as their potential for use in medical research.
The following year, U.S President George H.W Bush signed the Mushroom Promotion, Research and Consumer Act of 1990. This officially codified the month, but it wouldn’t officially start being celebrated until 1993.
Fun Facts About Mushrooms
Although a lot of people are fans of these fabulous fungi, we know there are an equal number of people who are disgusted by them. For some people, it’s the texture, but for other people, it’s because all they know about them is that they’re a fungus.
To show people that there’s more to them than that one little fact, we’ve decided to do some serious mushroom research. The following facts are what we discovered and are what we hope will change people’s minds about the suitability of mushrooms for their next meal.
- Mushrooms are more closely related to animals than they are to plants.
- Fungal mycelium can grow for miles, and that makes fungi the largest form of life currently living on Earth.
- Trees can talk to each other through Mycorrhizal fungi networks. This has been called the “Wood Wide Web” by scientists.
- Some of the information that trees can pass to one another through Mycorrhizal fungi networks includes information about droughts, diseases, and pests.
Observing National Mushroom Month
No, we’re talking about using them in interesting and delicious ways. This includes making a Chicken and Mushroom Skillet, Fish Tacos with Mushrooms, Drunken Chicken with Rice and Mushrooms, or about a million other tasty mushroom dishes.
No matter what dish a person makes for National Mushroom Month, they should be sure to also spread the word about it using the hashtag #NationalMushroomMonth.