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Mushrooms The New Superfood

Mushrooms The New Superfood


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Over 2.500 different mushrooms grow in the wild aroud the world. This report focuses on the nutritional composition and potential health benefits of the

A. bisporus species, which includes the white mushrooms (button mushrooms, closed cup mushrooms, open cup mushrooms and large flat mushrooms) and the brown mushrooms (also called chestnut, champignon marrom, crimini or portabello mushrooms). It summarises, with accompanying references, some of the key research projects from around the world.
A. bisporus is the most extensively cultivated mushroom in the world, accounting for 38 % of the world production of cultivated mushrooms and 95 % of UK sales.

Cultivated mushrooms are readily availbable in either fresh, frozen or canned preparations, however they do not home-freeze successfully. They are often a popular ingredient in many ready prepared foods such as pizzas, casseroles and salads.

Mushrooms are considered part of the fruit and vegetable food group and each serving (80 g is about 14 baby buttons, or 4 large closed cup mushrooms, or a large flat or portabello mushroom, or a handful of sliced mushrooms) counts toward the 5-A-DAY target.

Mushrooms share some of the benefits of fruits and vegetables in that they are low in energy, and are virutally free of fat and sodium. A Bisporus mushrooms are a source of fibre and are fairly rich in vitamins and minerals. They contain an especially high amount of B vitamins and potassium. In addition, they contain other substances that may have potential health benefits and play a role in the prevention of serious diseases.

Find here the full report from Jane Clarke, nutritionist.
Sterckx acquires Hungarian compost yard

Sterckx acquires Hungarian compost yard


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To respond to the growing market of mushrooms compost in Eastern Europe, Karel Sterckx Ltd will soon start to operate from Hungary. Therefore Sterckx found suitable partners in Tony Verhulst and Davy Vanneste. They have extensive experience in domestic and foreign real estate projects.

The newly founded company Sterckx-Verhulst acquired the site of Champignon-Union Kft, a Hungarian compost yard that ceased operations due to lack of succession. The site of 30 ha. currently has a capacity of about 10,000 tons of mushroom compost per year. The group will invest to expand capacity sharply in the coming years.

The plant in Hungary will soon employ app 20 people. Johan Lesage, a former Belgian compost man, and Davy Vanneste will lead Sterckx Hungary as plant manager.

Sterckx also wants to grow at its home basis Roeselare in Belgium in the coming years. Some major investments are planned on the existing site, that currently accounts for 5,000 tons of fresh compost, 2,000 tons of spawn run compost and 1,200 m³ of casing soil per week. One of these days the replacement of the 4 old polyester tunnels by 5 brand new panel tunnels will be completed, what gives an extra 250 tons of phase III compost.

Click here for an interview of Bart Sterckx with the business channel Kanaal Z

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