Day: March 7, 2024

Mushrooms in CanadaMushrooms in Canada

Many Canada mushrooms-related health claims are in the news, from immune-boosting to anti-aging, but did you know that medicinal mushrooms can be found right here in Canada? These edible mushrooms are loaded with nutrients and have therapeutic properties. For example, oyster mushrooms contain l-ergothioneine, an antioxidant that helps with cell repair and can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. They also provide a good source of selenium, which protects against age-related diseases. Eating eight ounces of raw, white mushrooms three times a week can improve your overall health as they are low in calories and rich in riboflavin, potassium, dietary fibre and vitamin B6.

Mushrooms are the fleshy, spore-bearing fruit of various fungi in the class Basidiomycetes and Ascomycetes. Hundreds of different mushroom species grow wild in Canada, from the US border to the Arctic and from sea level to alpine environments. Many, such as chanterelle (Cantharellus species) and pine mushrooms (Tricholoma species), are popular edibles. Others, like fly agaric (Amanita phalloides) and deadly galerina (Galerina marginata), are poisonous.

Canadian Fungi: Navigating the Diversity of Mushrooms in Canada

A handful of storefront retailers selling psilocybin mushrooms, better known as magic mushrooms, have sprouted in Canadian back alleys in recent years, and a Montreal business recently received widespread media coverage for its attempt to legalize the retail sale of the drug for “microdosing.” While federal law still prohibits the cultivation or possession of magic mushrooms, Health Canada has issued dozens of exemptions over the past year allowing people near the end of their lives to use the drugs and therapists to receive training on how to guide patients through therapeutic trips.