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Since ancient times, mushrooms have been regarded as the ‘Food of the Gods’. The Pharaohs of ancient Egypt believed they had magical powers, while the Chinese used them for their health giving properties. Mushrooms have always had an association with the supernatural, particularly in Ireland where folk tales of Fairy rings and circles of mushrooms arose from their appearance in woods and fields overnight.

The word mushroom is generally applied to edible fungi but of the many thousands of species in the world, only a small proportion of them are in fact edible. Cultivated mushrooms are available throughout the year. Agaricus Bisporus is the most commonly used cultivated mushroom in Ireland. There are three main types: buttons, cups or flats. Mushrooms are a good source of riboflavin, niacin, folic acid and pantothenic acid.

Areas grown:

Grown in a number of counties throughout Ireland.

The key growing counties include:

  • Monaghan
  • Meath
  • Wexford
  • Mayo
  • Kildare
  • Cavan
  • Tipperary

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