The news that mushrooms are now the third most favoured vegetable in the UK has got to come as good news for the Irish Mushroom Industry.
118,000 tons of mushrooms were sold in the past twelve months and supermarkets are bolstering supplies to cope with the extra demand. Although button and closed cup mushrooms dominate the market, strong growth was seen by brown and chestnut mushrooms.
Mushrooms are now more popular than carrots, onions, broccoli and peppers. Researchers said that shoppers are turning to mushrooms as they add depth and flavour to dishes and have health benefits. Dr Christian Jessen, the nutrition expert and TV presenter, said: “Mushrooms are an excellent source of B vitamins which are needed for a healthy diet. They are especially good for anyone trying to lose weight given they are exceptionally low in calories and fat.”
The research also found that Britons are getting lazy. Sales of pre-sliced mushroom have grown by a quarter over the last year.