*Enoki mushrooms are thin, long, white mushrooms, widely used in Southeast Asian cuisines.
*In the wild, these mushrooms grow on the stumps of a tree called Chinese Hackberry, which is called enoki in Japanese, and thus the name.
*These enoki mushrooms in come in two varieties – wild and cultivated. The wild mushrooms are brown in color with a shorter stalk, whereas the cultivated varieties are white in color with a thin long stalk.
*They have a crisp texture and are generally used in soups and salads.
*Buying and storage: Select mushrooms that are firm, plump, clean with shiny caps and without any bruises, soft, or wet slimy spots. Store fresh mushrooms in the refrigerator, either in a loosely closed paper bag, wrapped in a damp cloth or laid out in a glass dish covered with a moist cloth to prevent them from losing moisture. Fresh mushrooms keep well for up to one week when stored in the refrigerator. Dried mushrooms should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer, where they will stay fresh for six months to one year.
Is it raw?
Yes and No.
*Yes, if picked fresh or if it says raw or sundried on the package.
*No, canned mushrooms at the supermarkets are processed and not raw.
Make sure you read the label.
1. Enoki mushrooms are low in calories, carbohydrates, fats and provide good amount of dietary fiber and protein.
2. It has absolutely no cholesterol and saturated fats.
3. Mushrooms have a protective effect against degenerative diseases like Alzheimers’ and age-related decline in cognitive function.
4. Mushrooms are a good source of various nutrients involved in the detoxification process. Thus they reduce the risk of various inflammatory, degenerative and cardiovascular diseases, and promote optimal health.