A mushroom is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source.
The word mushroom is most often applied to fungi (Basidiomycota, Agaricomycetes) that have a stem (stipe), a cap (pileus), and gills (lamellae, sing. lamella) on the underside of the cap.
The nutrients in mushrooms are different from those of other vegetables. They provide:
Oyster mushrooms are a good source of iron.
Woolworths and Harris Farm Market stock a good selection of varying types of mushrooms.
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