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What about mushrooms?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 06, 2010 at 7:34 AM

Are mushrooms Paleo or do they come from Outer Space? Google doesn't seem to have a definitive answer.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 09, 2011
at 02:02 AM

Exactly- cream thickens it enough. Love it with some portabellos added.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 09, 2011
at 02:00 AM

LOL! I only ate the ones I was SURE about. When our doctor was visiting I asked if he had any antidote to mushroom poisoning in his bag because I 'thought' I'd found another edible one but was only 85% sure. He said no, so I skipped it. My teenage son used to saute field mushrooms in homemade butter for a snack.

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on February 07, 2011
at 07:33 PM

I'd be leery, anyone want to test some field varieties from my yard? If you don't get sick, I'll share. If you do, you can have em all ;P

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 07, 2011
at 07:32 PM

Make your own :)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 07, 2011
at 07:32 PM

Most of these have wheat added!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 07, 2011
at 07:31 PM

A tasty alternative to real food. Poor veg*ns

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 07, 2011
at 07:29 PM

Great mineral source and decent proteins for a plant...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 03, 2011
at 06:45 AM

they make you live many lives lol, near death experience anyone? = ) Amanita Muscaria....

F910318b9aa27b91bcf7881f39b9eabe

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on January 31, 2011
at 11:01 AM

Mushrooms+Bacon=Pure sex!

F910318b9aa27b91bcf7881f39b9eabe

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on January 31, 2011
at 11:01 AM

Sauteed with bacon pieces. LOVE!

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on April 06, 2010
at 08:12 PM

Do you mean magic mushrooms? You know, the ones that give you a 1-Up.

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on April 06, 2010
at 03:28 PM

I hate mushrooms. I'd love to have a real reason not to eat them! Anyone? Anyone?

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 07, 2010
at 02:23 AM

A lot of Groks had to die to figure out which ones are safe.

That's a good reason to eat them, since nobody here seems to like Grok anyway.

Most hunter-gatherers seem to like them and they seem to be delicious sauteed with meat.

F910318b9aa27b91bcf7881f39b9eabe

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on January 31, 2011
at 11:01 AM

Sauteed with bacon pieces. LOVE!

F910318b9aa27b91bcf7881f39b9eabe

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on January 31, 2011
at 11:01 AM

Mushrooms+Bacon=Pure sex!

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on September 01, 2010
at 10:28 PM

Yes, eat up, mushrooms are a fantastic paleo food. As for being from outer space, they may be. Terence McKenna suggested such an idea, noting that mushroom spores are the densest organic substance known, the electron density approaching that of some metals, and are of a deep purple color which would enable them to survive radiation in deep space. They are so light that it is in theory possible that some could percolate to the edge of the earth's atmosphere and escape into space.

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on January 30, 2011
at 06:37 AM

Good source of selenium and copper for a cup of them: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2486/2

I rather like the taste of them sauteed in drawn pasture butter as well.

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on September 01, 2010
at 10:34 PM

I can't think of a reason why mushroom would not be paleo. even though they are neither plants nor animals, they are easy to gather, grown mostly in wild, and can be eaten raw. Groks had tremendous knowledge about the world around them. they could identify thousands of species, and passed that knowledge on to the next generation.

Mushrooms are also quite healthy. Sometimes I think that next to berries they are the last opportunities for modern gatherers :)

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on April 13, 2010
at 04:17 PM

I really like mushrooms. At my last job, we made a "mushroom burger" which sold fairly well. Sauteed up a lot of minced veggies and added them to finely chopped mushrooms, added some flour (I presume you'd have the same results with almond flour) and some spices, and would portion out the burgers and let them set up. Fry in a little butter, and you'd have a tasty alternative to a meat patty (if you were vegetarian).

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 07, 2011
at 07:31 PM

A tasty alternative to real food. Poor veg*ns

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on April 13, 2010
at 04:08 PM

Cream of mushroom soup is absolutely amazing. I know that doesn't answer the question. But it's an excellent paleo food if you don't mind eating mushrooms, cream, butter, and a bit of sherry and thyme. If your recipe calls for a small amount of flour, just omit it, and it'll turn out completely fine. It's a good way to incorporate bone broth into your diet too!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 07, 2011
at 07:32 PM

Most of these have wheat added!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on February 07, 2011
at 07:32 PM

Make your own :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 09, 2011
at 02:02 AM

Exactly- cream thickens it enough. Love it with some portabellos added.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 13, 2010
at 05:07 AM

Since mushrooms tend to pop up randomly without being planted, and they often tend to be near animal droppings (poop), and in Paleo times there were wild animals- I'd have to go with mushrooms being Paleo.

After one or two Groks got ill or died, the rest of them would avoid whatever type of mushroom had been eaten.

I bought a book on mushroom identification years ago and ate a few types (that I could identify for sure) that grew on our property. Nothing much is better than field mushrooms sauteed in home-produced pastured butter.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 07, 2011
at 07:33 PM

I'd be leery, anyone want to test some field varieties from my yard? If you don't get sick, I'll share. If you do, you can have em all ;P

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 09, 2011
at 02:00 AM

LOL! I only ate the ones I was SURE about. When our doctor was visiting I asked if he had any antidote to mushroom poisoning in his bag because I 'thought' I'd found another edible one but was only 85% sure. He said no, so I skipped it. My teenage son used to saute field mushrooms in homemade butter for a snack.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 30, 2011
at 02:59 AM

The only mushroom I know for sure that was eaten during the paleo era are magic mushrooms. Grok naturally picked and consumed them.

Lower doses can make vision more acute and increase energy and focus, which is good for hunting.

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on April 13, 2010
at 04:21 PM

from wikipedia

many species are high in fiber and provide vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, biotin, cobalamins, ascorbic acid. Though not normally a significant source of vitamin D, some mushrooms can become significant sources after exposure to ultraviolet light, though this also darkens their skin.[9] Mushrooms are also a source of some minerals, including selenium, potassium and phosphorus[10].

Additionally, even edible mushrooms may produce an allergic reaction, from a mild asthmatic response to severe anaphylaxis shock.

my guess is Gork was hungry, this thingy out of the ground looked like food, the gork who picked the right one met some dietary needs and passed on "look this thing is good eats!", the gorks who didn't never came back.

but yes to answer the original question, some mushrooms are paleo in that they aren't toxic and have good stuff for you. Others are just poison or make you see pretty colors.

oh and mushroom in outer space may be a good idea, apparently they can live off of radiation so they could be a radiation shield+ food source at the same time

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on April 06, 2010
at 09:26 PM

I would imagine they are. Mushrooms are part of almost every culinary style I can think of. They are an excellent source of protein, if cooked properly, taste great. I like the "wild" varieties. Different fungi have been a staple food for many. In Japan they have miataki and enoki, in Chinese restaurants you frequently see woods ear and shitake, in Mexico huitlacoche, in five star restaurants truffles. I don't know that they are an adequate substitute for meat, but they are really good.

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on January 30, 2011
at 03:25 AM

Go to page 374 of Michael Pollan's "Omnivore's Dilemma" on google books. This will answer your question about what they are.

As for them being Paleo, I say sure, why not? I'm certain homo sapiens has tried to eat just about everything at least once. After all, we're tenacious survivors. I believe through trial and error we found out which ones are poisonous, which ones are edible, and which ones are magical.

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on January 30, 2011
at 11:02 PM

Mushrooms are comparatively low in nutrients. Don't bother.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on February 07, 2011
at 07:29 PM

Great mineral source and decent proteins for a plant...

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