Do you crave mushrooms?

@momiecat (997)
United States
June 13, 2009 1:02am CST
Gosh, my mouth and body cannot get enough of this weird food. I love mushrooms on and in everything, from salads to pizza. I like mushrooms raw and I like mushrooms sauteed with wine and butter. I do not know why I crave them so much but I think they are so tasty. I think when you eat raw mushrooms they say you just need to brush off the dirt with a mushroom brush. I personally do not feel comfortable eating mushrooms unless I wash them. Oh, cannot forget to mention marinated mushrooms, especially for salads, yum, yum. These are delicious treats for those who enjoy eating them.
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• Canada
13 Jun 09
If I have not had mushrooms in a long time, or am "deprive of them," (as with anything else I like) I crave them. Case in point. My step-son HATES mushrooms, and when he stayed with us for the summer, my husband did not cook with mushrooms. We both loved them, but the young man would NOT EAT ANYTHING if he even THOUGHT there was a mushroom in it. We understood that, since my husband feels the same about fried okra, and I feel the same about drinking milk (although I will ear dairy, I just don't like to drink milk). when the young man went home a few days before his school year started, the first thing Hubby and I did was cook something with a whole mess of mushrooms in it, and we ate nothing but mushroom dishes for days and day and days and days. Oh yeah, we missed our kid, but we also missed eating mushrooms. *grin* We'd trade all the mushrooms in the world to have him living with us, though. Mind you, if he lived with us here in Canada, in the city where I live, he could cook mushroomless at home, and I could sneak out and eat a mushroom pizza on my own, or we could split one, or something like that. LOL Just that in the town in AZ, where we lived before, there really was no place to eat out, and sneak mushrooms, so we didn't get them.
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@momiecat (997)
• United States
13 Jun 09
You and your husband definitely qualify to be members of the mushroom lovers club. You are risking your lives sneaking out to get a "fix". You were very brave in not having mushrooms while your stepson was visiting with you. I know, it gets to a point where you can hardly stand it, you have to go out and get your "fix". I feel the same way. By the way, speaking of foods we do not like to eat, my pet peeve is, of all things, the slimy tomato seed. I love tomatos, especially the little pear-shaped or Roma tomatoes but I just hate the seeds. I will eat loads of the tomatoes in my salad if I prepare them at home and take out all the seeds. Funny but we all have things that we dislike and some dislikes are even weirder than the next, mine is and I will be the first to admit it, but that's okay. I still love mushrooms.
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@hryleo (12)
• China
14 Jun 09
I do like mushrooms too,but the eating way is so different with yours.I like them in all soups,sometimes i do it myself with all kinds of mushrooms i can find--shiitake fungus,cap fungus,saint geoger's mushroom,straw mushroom,hericium,jelly fungus and so on. It is so delicious that,i believe you will also like it. (sorry,i am chinese,i can say many kinds of mushrooms very well in chinese,but not in english.I wonder how to name these kinds of mushrooms exactly in english. As you are also a crazy mushroom enthusiast,would you mind to give me the right answer? Thank you!)
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@momiecat (997)
• United States
14 Jun 09
Hi Hryleo, what an interesting response you have made. I have not tried many different mushrooms but I would like to. The main kind I eat is called a "button mushroom" because it looks like a button. You are lucky to be able to find so many different kinds of mushrooms. I bet they all have their own distinct flavor and texture. I also like mushrooms in soups, in fact, I like mushroom soup. You do just fine writing in English when Chinese is your native language. I could not speak Chinese although I am fascinated by the artistic nature of your alphabet system or way of writing. It is beautiful to me. I wish I could learn your language. You must have learned English in school. You do well when you write.
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@hryleo (12)
• China
16 Jun 09
Thank you for your answer,and thank you for your affirmation of my english writing.I used to be shy of my poor english.But i like english just like you are fascinated at our words.Up to now,I still find it hard to learn english,maybe you'll also find it hard to learn chinese. China is a country full of celicious food,so it is easy for me to find the raw material,such as mushroom. Shiitake fungus is one kind of mushroons I eat most.It has a brown color and a big round button shape,and it can be fresh or dry.I usualy cut them into strip,cooking with chinese vegetables(maybe you had ever see it), at last,you can put a fried egg above it,then a delicious food is finished,just within five minutes.
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@momiecat (997)
• United States
16 Jun 09
Hi again, yes, you do well with your English. I think if I had continued to study my Italian I would be continuing to study it even today, 35 years later. It is a long process but it seems that you have mastered the hardest part. I can understand your writing perfectly. I have tried some other mushrooms but my favorite are the white mushrooms. When I go to a Chinese restaurant I always ask for the white mushrooms instead of the black. The white ones are more pleasing to my taste buds. The black ones are rubbery and I am not fond of that texture in my mouth. Keep up your study. You are doing very well.
@doormouse (4619)
13 Jun 09
I like mushrooms but i don't crave them,what i do crave is coke a cola or ice cold water
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@momiecat (997)
• United States
14 Jun 09
Hi "Mouse", I am glad you like mushrooms. It is quite alright if you do not crave them. In the past and up until recently I could not go a day without Diet Pepsi or Diet Coke. I thought I passed a kidney stone a few weeks ago and ever since then I have changed what I drink, either juices or punch and sometimes water. I too like water when it is ice cold but even better for me is ice tea. I recently got hooked on raspberry ice tea. It is sure refreshing on a hot day and those hot days of summer will soon be here in California.
@Mickie30 (2638)
13 Jun 09
I am pregnant and do not crave mushrooms. I have been craving fruit mainly. I personally do not wash mushrooms ever since watching an expert cookery programme that said to cook mushrooms without first washing them since washing them takes all the good, juicy flavour out of them. As long as you cook them properly at the right temperature then they are fine to eat. Believe me they definately taste nicer.
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@momiecat (997)
• United States
14 Jun 09
Congratulations on your pregnancy, Mickie. I hope that everything goes well for you and the baby. They usually say pregnant women crave funny things when they are pregnant, but your craving sounds very reasonable. Fruit would seem to be a good food for you to have during this time. Have you had any other cravings? It sounds like you do eat mushrooms but just are not craving them now. I think also if you wash mushrooms, someone told me they absorb the water and it does lessen or washout the flavor. I just cannot stand the thought of eating any dirt or grit with my mushrooms and I would likely rinse them and then wipe of the dirt with a paper towel.
• India
13 Jun 09
hi momiecat... i am also facing the same problem i also carve for mushroom like you......initially i used to hate mushroom but when i wa doing my culinary course that was the time when i tasted mushroom for the first time and fell for it.....after that day i don't know how many mushrooms i have eaten.....i have mushroom in all possible way....i saute it....or i barbecue it or just marinate it with some dressing for salad...or use it as stuffing.....i like mushroom so much that i even did a research on mushroom......as in India people generally don't like mushroom so my research was completely based on mushroom and its incorporation in the Indian cuisine.......and i also succeeded in my research......
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@momiecat (997)
• United States
14 Jun 09
Hi Deep, wow how interesting, you are a convert. I find it fascinating when people are involved in culinary schools. When I was younger I made the choice to go into a medical career. I became a medical transcriptionist. If I was younger again, I think I might choose culinary school but it would have to be vegetarian or vegan cooking only. Sounds like you sure have used mushrooms in very creative ways. I am so glad you tried them and ended up liking them. I am also glad you succeeded in your research. Congratulations!
@ayis12 (544)
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
I dont crave for mushrooms. I dont like mushrooms before but when one of my mom's amiga. Gave us pasta with mushrooms on it. I accidentally eat one. And i was like "oh! not that bad"
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@momiecat (997)
• United States
14 Jun 09
It is okay that you do not like mushrooms. We all cannot like the same things. I say congratulations to you for even trying something you do not like. It takes guts to do that. I do not know what it is about mushrooms that I love but I do. Everyone has their own preferences and that is okay by me.
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
I actually love mushrooms.I love mushrooms in pizza and pasta.I can eat pizza without meat toppings,but I can't eat pizza without mushrooms.I love pasta more when it has lots of mushrooms.weird as it may sounds,I love its taste..
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@momiecat (997)
• United States
14 Jun 09
Hi Coco, glad to hear that you love mushrooms too. Speaking of pizza, my husband just made me a frozen pizza. It was good because I was hungry but then when I read your post it made me think that the pizza would have tasted so much better with mushrooms on it. It does not sound weird to me at all that you love mushrooms with pasta. We used to have a Macaroni Grill in town before they closed and you used to be able to order pasta how you like it, choosing between ingredients you wanted with the pasta. I used to always used to order mushrooms as one of my choices and it was very good but I always wanted more mushrooms. Since I am vegetarian, I don't have to worry about choosing any meat toppings. I appreciate your response to my post and I am glad you are a mushroom lover too!
@nanayangel (7686)
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
Hi there Momie Cat! No. I am not craving for mushrooms right now but I do love them on my pizza and spaghetti. They are a must on those two.
@ethereal1 (218)
• Australia
13 Jun 09
I love mushrooms! Like you, I'll eat them any way, I think the marinated ones are my favourite, they are also really good if you put them in the oven with a roast.
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@momiecat (997)
• United States
13 Jun 09
Hey, welcome to the mushroom lovers club (hee, hee). I think my favorite are marinated also. I am into salads right now and I love the texture and flavor they add. I do not know why I like them so much but they are a very versatile vegetable and can complement almost any dish.
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• United States
22 Jun 09
I like mushrooms on my pizza, like in a supreme pizza.
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@schulzie (4071)
• United States
18 Jun 09
Actually, I hate mushrooms. I hate them with a passion. But my husband loves mushrooms. He likes them on pizza and sometimes on his salad or in pasta sauce. I just can't stand them but I do get stuff or make stuff for him with the mushrooms on them. I know he likes these stuffed mushrooms you can make at the Melting Pot fondue restaurant. You take a mushroom, stuff it with Green Goddess dressing and then dip it in tempura batter and fry. He says it is yummy, I don't see how it could be. Oh well, to each his own... Have a great day and happy myLotting!!!
@BarBaraPrz (14258)
• Hamilton, Ontario
13 Jun 09
Mushrooms - Just for you.
I love mushrooms, too, but I wouldn't say I crave them. If you have a craving for something, it's probably because the certain something has an ingredient in it that your body needs. It's like the oil light going on when your car is low on oil.
@momiecat (997)
• United States
14 Jun 09
Hi Barbara, you know I was kind of thinking that too but what is in a mushroom that I could possibly be lacking. I also kind of think I am craving them because I have not had them in a while and I could just about eat them every day, like on a salad. I think I go through cycles where I sort of crave one type of food or the other. Right now I am on a salad kick and I like to put all kinds of things in the salad including mushrooms. TU for your input.
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@BarBaraPrz (14258)
• Hamilton, Ontario
14 Jun 09
Mushrooms are an excellent source of potassium, riboflavin, niacin, and selenium. Mushroom extracts are used in Traditional Chinese medicine, not to mention nutraceuticals, even cosmetics. To find out more about the health benefits of mushrooms, go to http://www.vegetarian-nutrition.info/updates/mighty-mushrooms.php
• United States
14 Jun 09
I want to be in the Mushroom Club too!! I simply love, love, love mushrooms. I can eat them with just about anything, except cereal, haha. Oh yes, I have to clean them off though, too much gunk. If I had a basement, I might start my own little mushroom farm so I could eat them whenever I wanted...mmmm.
@momiecat (997)
• United States
16 Jun 09
Ok, you are in! You used the words love and mushrooms in the same sentence. That qualifies as a mushroom lover. I wish I had the knack to grow vegetables too. I guess it takes discipline and patience and knowing how to do it to make your veggies thrive. I always used to tell my Dad he had a "green thumb". He could make just about anything grow. He even had a small grape arbor. Actually my mom told me she was getting grapes again this year even though my Dad is no longer with us. He left us something special though that will hopefully keep producing fruit each year for several years to come. Welcome to the club!
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@check23 (448)
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
I'm craving for some mushrooms now. My mother always buy mushrooms on the month of August and August is near. I can imagine now the delicious mushroom soup my mother usually cook. Ooh I can't wait. =D
@momiecat (997)
• United States
14 Jun 09
Hi Check, thank you for reminding me about mushroom soup. I had completely forgotten that I love mushroom soup also. Are mushrooms where you live only available in August? Here in California we are very fortunate that mushrooms are available all year round. Please have a bowl of that yummy mushroom soup for me. I can just taste it. Um um good.
@geniustiger (1699)
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
Me not so fond of eating mushrooms only mixed to anyhting but pure i did not used to it. Mushrooms are rare in my country its only you can buy in can goods. But during October month rainy and thunderstorm come many mushrooms in the land after the rainy season. I ate it when mixed to meat and other vegetables too.
@momiecat (997)
• United States
14 Jun 09
I can certainly understand why you are not fond of mushrooms. I also think it is good of you to try to eat them mixed with other foods. When your mushrooms become abundant during the rainy season, do you gather them freely? How do you tell if the wild mushrooms are edible and not poisonous? It's okay if you do not like mushrooms. This discussion has been interesting because I have gotten a lost of responses and it is fun to know of peoples different opinions.
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• United States
9 Aug 09
I too had a mad craving for mushrooms. Mushrooms are one of the rare sources of vitamin D needed for healthy bones and teeth. They contain B vitamins which help control stress and ear ringing (tinnitus). They are also rich in minerals. Rich in potassium that prevents fatigue and selenium and zinc which for men is good for prostate health.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
21 Jun 09
Oh yeah, I'm a mushroom lover too and so is hubby! Hubby's mom said to him that it wasn't from her that he learned to eat them because she hates them. lol He didn't know about that or mexican food until he moved out of her house. I guess she just stuck to certain foods and expected the whole family to too. But we love mushrooms in just about everything, chili, soup, salad, alone.... just about everything!
@jesssp (2743)
• Canada
16 Jun 09
I love 'em too. Lately we've been brushing them with olive oil, sprinkling with salt and pepper and putting them right on the grill every time we BBQ - very yummy. When we went camping a few weeks ago I brought along a big bag of cut up veggies to snack on and decided to try roasting a mushroom on the fire just like a marshmallow and it was great too. Kind of a neat idea and a healthy alternative to camping snacks!