History and Facts:
Mushrooms and magic have been synonymous since the beginning of history. The Egyptian pharaohs reserved mushrooms for their own plates, forbidding commoners to eat them. The Romans believed mushrooms gave their warriors extraordinary strength in battle, and called them the "food of the gods."
Mushrooms are low in calories, only 14 for a 2/3 cup serving, and are sodium free. Mushrooms are also a good source of riboflavin, and provide small amounts of iron and protein.
Most varieties of mushrooms should be kept at 34 degrees fahrenheit, and at a relative humidity of 85 to 90 percent. Most are sensitive to water, and should be kept dry and cool. Typical shelf life averages 5 to 7 days, but some varieties last up to 14 days.