Harvest of the Month Information:
Mushrooms are commonly considered a vegetable, but they are actually a fungus. There are many varieties of mushrooms, each with different textures and flavors. Select mushrooms that are well shaped with a firm texture and smooth appearance. Avoid those with bruises and soft spots. Refrigerate mushrooms in a paper bag for up to a week. Mushrooms can be eaten raw, on salads and sandwiches. They can be sautéed, roasted, and grilled. Add mushrooms to pasta dishes, soups, and pizza. Mushrooms have a meaty texture and flavor and can be used to replace meat in many recipes.
Just the Facts
- One-half cup of sliced, raw mushrooms contains 8 calories, no fat and 1 gram of protein.
- Mushrooms are a good source of niacin (helps the nervous system function) and high in riboflavin (involved in red blood cell formation).
- Mushrooms are the only produce item that contains vitamin D (promotes bone growth).
- Mushrooms can be found in the wild, including in Georgia. Some are edible, some are not.
Sweet, juicy and delicious, strawberries are the most popular berry. This heart-shaped fruit is packed with nutrients so be sure to try local strawberries in May! Select shiny, firm strawberries with a bright red color and fresh green caps. Avoid shriveled or mushy berries and those with signs of mold. Store in the refrigerator to 1-3 days and wash just before use. Fresh strawberries are a great snack by themselves, or add them to a fruit or green salad, smoothie or yogurt parfait. Top hot or cold cereal, pancakes or waffles with fresh strawberries and enjoy the natural sweetness!
Just the Facts
- About eight large strawberries equals 1 cup of fruit.
- One cup of strawberry halves contains 49 calories, no fat, and 3 grams of fiber.
- Strawberries contain potassium (needed for muscle and nerve function), folate (helps body cells work) and are a great source of vitamin C (supports a healthy immune system).
- In 2015, the top three Georgia counties producing strawberries were Hall, Appling and Wilcox.
- In Georgia, much of the strawberry production is from small, family owned farms. Visit a farm to pick your own strawberries!