Stuffed Mushroom Day
It seems that people really enjoy stuffing food with various stuffings and/or fillings. People stuff jalapeños, green peppers, and even clams. And those are only a few of the thousands of stuffed foods that are enjoyed all over the world. One dish that’s particularly notable, however, is stuffed mushrooms.
For many people, this stuffed dish is one that can be enjoyed casually with a beer, or served as a delicacy with champagne. Regardless of how you enjoy it, it’s a dish that everyone should try at least once. And they should try this dish on February 4th because that just so happens to be Stuffed Mushrooms Day.
The History of Stuffed Mushrooms
Although many online calendars and cooking websites state that stuffed mushrooms hail from the 19th century, we have discovered that these dishes probably go back even further than that.
It’s known that the Romans and Greeks enjoyed mushrooms as part of their diet, and mushrooms were used heavily during the Middle Ages. More than likely, stuffed mushrooms became popular during the 14th and 15th centuries—at about the same time that mushroom pies became a popular food item for medieval banquets.
Interesting Facts About Mushrooms
Below are some facts about mushrooms we think everyone will find pretty interesting.
- Mushrooms grew on Earth long before trees.
- In Oregon, there’s a 2,400-year-old giant mushroom that covers 2,200 acres. It’s the largest organism on the planet.
- It’s believed that Viking Berserkers would consume hallucinogenic mushrooms to induce their battle rage.
- Reindeer love to eat psychedelic mushrooms.
- Mushrooms are more closely related genetically to humans than they are to plants.
Observing Stuffed Mushrooms Day
Stuffed Mushrooms Day is a holiday that should be observed with homemade stuffed mushrooms. People can find dozens of stuffed mushroom recipes on the Internet, and they should choose the one they like the most. While they’re observing this holiday, they can then use the hashtag #StuffedMushroomsDay to spread pictures of their homemade stuffed mushrooms on social media.