Mushroom Council plans first health summit - The Packer

Mushroom Council plans first health summit

08/16/2013 12:43:00 PM
Tom Burfield

The videos will be available on the new Mushrooms in Schools website,

Mushroom blendability also had a strong presence at the Produce Marketing Association’s Foodservice Conference in Monterey, Calif.

Jamaican jerk mushroom wraps were served at the opening reception, showcasing how seamlessly mushrooms can be substituted for meat, she said.

And at the Reverse Action Station chef demo lunch buffet, attendees were able to build their own mushroom-blended burgers and experience mushroom blendability firsthand, she said.


Trends at colleges, universities

The Mushroom Council also has been working with colleges and universities to introduce mushroom blendability.

University dining directors have noticed a consistent increase in students who follow vegetarian, flexitarian, plant-based and Meatless Monday diets, Preis said.

“Overall, university students tend to be more conscious on issues like sustainability and nutrition, making the perfect market for mushrooms and mushroom blendability,” she said.

The Mushroom Council recently hosted a mushroom culinary competition at Washington University in St Louis, Mo., where university chefs were invited to develop mushroom blendability and swapability recipes.

The Mushroom Council continues to cross-promote with the Meatless Monday campaign, she said.

“Mushrooms have long been a favorite for those following vegetarian and flexitarian diets, due to their meaty texture and umami flavor,” Preis said.

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