Mushrooms are not a vegetable!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Here me rant, here me roar!

I really want to know why-oh-why when I order a veggie sandwich, veggie salad, veggie fried rice, veggie pizza or some other VEGGIE meal it comes loaded with mushrooms. Mushrooms are not vegetables people!

Granted, since I know this is typical, I should make sure to emphasize that I do not want mushrooms when I place a veggie order. Most of the time I do make this request but sometimes I forget and then am disgruntled once more (like now) that folks either think mushrooms are veggies, or... they know nothing about veggie variety which causes them to fill the void with this rubbery fungal faux pas.

I have a lot to learn about mushrooms but according to this wiki, a mushroom is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source. Mushrooms are not plants, they are a fungus. They eat organic matter, they do not photosynthesize like plants do.

Some mushrooms are even considered "magic". There's a bit of controversy over those so I'll just leave that alone for now.

Then there are the medicinal mushrooms that are in the coffee my naturopathic doctor recommended I drink. It's quite good.

So you can see that I am not attempting to banish mushrooms to a dark corner (which they would love). Nor am I suggesting they are not to be eaten.

I bet that if the mushroom could speak it would rant its culinary displeasure at being considered a veggie. This is probably some form of discrimination!

Long story short... if I want a veggie sub with mushrooms I'll order it that way.

Yes, I feel better now 😁