Mushrooms vs fungi

Whether fungi and mushrooms are the same? This is a question that is often asked. The clear answer is no. This may, however, require an explanation.

A mushroom is a type of fungi. One of the more than 3,000 different types of fungi that occur in Europe to be precise. Of those thousands, about 50 are edible. In addition to the white mushroom, these include the chestnut mushroom, chanterelle, beech mushroom and shiitake.

Incredibly healthy

All types of edible mushrooms are particularly healthy. They contain very few calories, but a good amount of vitamins and minerals. For example, they are extremely rich in vitamin B2, potassium and phosphorus. They also contain a large amount of fibre and are rich in protein, which makes them very good for our muscles.

The Netherlands is world champion mushroom consumption. We are in the top 3 in Europe in terms of consumption per person, and when it comes to fresh mushrooms, we even eat the most. An average of three kilos per person per year. Moreover, we are the largest exporter and almost the largest producer.