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The health benefits of morel mushrooms combined with their delicious taste make them a highly sought after delicacy that are hard to get.
In the world of mushrooms, the Morel stands out among the rest. This is due to its delicious taste. But most people don’t realize that they have some pretty amazing health benefits as well.
People go in droves to woodlands and fields to find these little ‘brain looking’ delicacies while they are in season 4 months out of the year.
Let’s take a look at the top 4 morel mushroom benefits these hunters get when they eat these protein packed mushrooms…
4 Health Benefits of Morel Mushrooms
1) Great Source of Antioxidants – Studies have shown that Morels contain lots of antioxidants that are good in protecting your body from free radicals. These free radicals are often the cause
of heart diseases, parkinson’s disease, Type 1, and Type 2 Diabetes. The antioxidants in Morels help in removing harmful molecules in your body called reactive oxygen species.
2) Heart Health – Morels contain high amounts of potassium, copper, and Vitamin E important in keeping your heart healthy.
3) Protects Your Liver – Carbon Tetrachloride (CCl4) is an inorganic compound that was found to be causing issues with our kidneys and central nervous system. Various studies have shown that CCL4 with ethanol can damage one’s liver. However, extract of morel mycelium was found to be enough to provide protection against liver damage from CCL4.
4) Healthy Source of Vitamin D – Morels are known to contain one of the highest amounts of Vitamin D among all edible mushrooms. You can get 34% of your daily required levels of Vitamin D from 100 grams, or a little less than a cup of Morel mushrooms- specifically Vitamin D-2. This vitamin plays an important role in calcium metabolism and bone growth.
There are also 3 other mushrooms that process even more medicinal properties and will drastically boost your cognitive function.
Now that we have talked about the health benefits of Morel mushrooms, let’s discuss more of what they are, where to grow them and their uses.
What Are Morel Mushrooms?
Morel mushrooms are one of the most popular mushrooms to hunt in the United States and is the ‘Rock Star’ of the mushroom world.
The reason they are the ‘Rock Star’ of the mushroom world has to do with several factors that make it so unique and the fact even over 1,000 of years people of still yet to figure this mushrooms out.
To learn more about what the Morel mushroom is, as well as what all the ‘hype’ is about, check out our other article here:
How to Grow Your Own Morel Mushrooms
There is a lot of controversy when it comes to growing Morel mushrooms. Can you do it? The answer is YES!
Morel mushrooms can be grown outdoors and have been successfully grown indoors since 1982.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t hunt the Morel mushroom though because this is one of the most exciting mushrooms to hunt. But if you could create your own secret patches outdoors that no one else knows about…That would be pretty Cool!
Or…If you would like to enjoy eating them or selling them all year round instead of just the 4 months they are in season, then you might be interested in growing them.
We have written an entire article on how to grow the Morel mushroom outdoors here:
We have also written an article on how to grow Morel mushrooms indoors if you would like to enjoy fresh Morels all year round:
How to Cook, Store & Dry Morel Mushrooms
One last thing you may be wondering is how to cook, store or dry Morel mushrooms.
You will find that most people will cook the Morels in a lot of butter. We think that even though it tastes good you may want consider a more healthy option that tastes amazing as well.
Therefore, we wrote a whole other article on how to cook Morel mushrooms the healthy way here:
One problem with Morel mushrooms is they only grow 4 months a year if you hunt them in the wild…
This means that you will need to stock up while they are in season. Then store them in a way so that you can enjoy them during the off season.
One of the best ways to do this is by freezing them, but it needs to be done the right way. The image of the article above will tell you how to do that correctly.
Another option is to dry them and then resaturate them with water when you want to eat them. It is important to make sure they are cracker dry though so they don’t spoil.
Here is an article we put together on how to dry morel mushrooms:
Most people only know the Morel mushrooms for they great taste and for how elusive they are to hunt. However, they do have so medicinal benefits that we talked about above:
- Great Source of Antioxidants
- Heart Health
- Protects Your Liver
- Healthy Source of Vitamin D
Be sure to check out our other article listed above to learn more about what the Morel mushroom is, how to grow them and how to cook and store them.
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