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National Stuffed Mushroom Day (February 4)

Check out the weird holiday National Stuffed Mushroom Day on February 4. Learn the history of stuffed mushrooms & get ideas on how to celebrate.

One weird holiday on February 4 is National Stuffed Mushroom Day. Check out the other weird February holidays!

History of National Stuffed Mushroom Day

Stuffed mushrooms are an appetizer that are often served at parties. They’re made by removing the mushroom’s stem, then filling the upside down camp with vegetables, meet, cheese, breadcrumbs, and other savory foods. They are then baked in the oven.

The Italians came up with the idea for stuffed mushrooms sometime in the mid-1800s or early-1900s. It is very similar to stuffed zucchini, which is another dish also created in italy.

In the 1800s, the French began to use fungi as food. Technically, mushrooms are neither fruits nor vegetables, but they are considered to be safe for vegetarians. Prior to this, mushrooms were usually avoided as most are poisonous.

The brown crimini mushroom was the first kind that people ate, but eventually more elaborate flavors were introduced, like morels, shitakes, and truffles.

In 1899, Kate Sargeants wrote the first mushroom cookbook in English, which was entitled “One Hundred Mushroom Recipes.”

In the 1940s, restaurants in the United States began serving stuffed mushrooms as a delicacy. They were filled with rare, exotic ingredients like crab, lobster, and rare cheeses in order to entice refined palettes.

Mushrooms are technically the fleshy parts of fungi that bear spores. They are considered extremely healthy, as they are high in vitamin B and other dietary minerals. They are also low-calory and low-carb.

The official name for a person who eats mushrooms and fungi for nutrition are called mycophagists. There are more than 14,000 species of mushrooms.

Ideas for National Stuffed Mushroom Day

Make some of these delicious stuffed mushroom recipes in order to celebrate this weird holiday!

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