Vitamin D Naturally, from Mushrooms

Getting a daily dose of sunshine helps our bodies manufacture healthy vitamin D. And it turns out the same is true for mushrooms: a little bit of sunshine revs up their vitamin D considerably. Mushrooms are the only natural vegetarian source of vitamin D. Wild mushrooms grown outdoors are generally higher in vitamin D than cultivated ones, however, researchers have been exploring whether adding a healthy dose of sunshine to farmed mushrooms can increase their vitamin D. The answer is a resounding yes, according to researchers working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Just a short period under a sun lamp boosted vitamin D levels beyond those found in most wild mushrooms. In fact, four ounces of these new “sunlight mushrooms” can offer 100% of our daily recommended needs for vitamin D, a good thing to know especially in winter, when sunshine alone can’t provide the vitamin D we need.

You can enjoy these great new mushrooms in all of your favorite dishes.

Here are just a few delicious ideas:

  • Slice mushrooms and add to your favorite pizza before you heat it up.
  • Make a mushroom omelet for a healthy breakfast.
  • Sauté mushrooms in olive oil and herbs, and serve over tortellini.
  • Simmer wine, chicken thighs, and mushrooms for a delicious coq au vin.
  • Grill or broil portabellas and top with tomato and onion on a bun.
  • Chop mushrooms finely and mix half-and-half with ground beef in burgers.