Classed as a fungus rather than a vegetable, mushrooms are an excellent source of selenium, an anti-cancer mineral that can limit the damage inflicted in the body for free radicals. Mushrooms are believed to offer protection against breast cancer thanks to their part in regulating levels of oestrogen in the body.
Fresh and dried mushrooms are rich in phytochemicals that protect the body when it is under stress, particularly vitamin B5, which is essential for adrenal function and improves the body,s coping mechanisms.
The potassium present in a mushrooms helps regulate the body,s fluid levels, including blood pressure.
Research has shown oriental mushroom to e more health-boosting than common mushrooms. The are thought to help prevent blood clot. Shiitake and reishi mushrooms contain the phytochemical lentinan, believed to prevent and treat cancer and viral diseases as well as reducing high blood cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
- Put 8 large mushrooms, in a roasting tin and season with salt and pepper. In a bowl mix together 2 crushed garlic cloves, 125 ml (4 fl oz) olive oil. 2 teaspoons chopped thyme and the finely grated rind of 1 lemon. Spoon half of the sauce over the mushrooms.
- Roast the mushrooms in a preheated oven, 220°C (425°F), Gas Mark 7, for 20 minutes. Drizzle over 4 tablespoons lemon juice.
- Put the mushrooms on 4 slices of buttered toat, drizzle over the remaining sauce and serve topped with rocket leaves and shavings of parmesan cheese
Serves: 4 persons
Storing and Serving:
- Keep button mushrooms in the refrigerator in a paper bag for 1-2 days.
- Use field mushrooms as soon as possible after purchase.