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Volvariella Volvacea

Common Names: Paddy Straw, Straw

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Volvariella volvacea, commonly known as the straw mushroom, is a species of edible mushroom favored for its distinct flavor and culinary versatility. It is predominantly cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, including China, India, and Thailand, where it is a staple ingredient in local cuisines. The straw mushroom thrives in warm, humid climates, growing naturally on decaying straw left over from rice cultivation—hence its name. Nutritionally, Volvariella volvacea is an excellent source of protein, vitamins (especially B vitamins), minerals such as potassium and iron, and dietary fiber. It is low in calories and fat, making it a healthy addition to various dishes. In culinary applications, straw mushrooms are highly prized for their firm texture and mild flavor, which absorbs seasonings well. They are commonly used in stir-fries, soups, and stews. In addition to its nutritional and culinary attributes, Volvariella volvacea has been studied for potential health benefits, including immune system enhancement and anti-inflammatory properties. Its cultivation is also environmentally beneficial as it utilizes agricultural waste products as a growing medium, contributing to sustainable agricultural practices.

Flavors

Mild

Volvariella volvacea has a mild flavor that can take on the taste of the ingredients it's cooked with.

Textures

Soft

Volvariella volvacea has a soft texture when cooked.

Fragrances

Fungus

Volvariella volvacea has a typical mushroom aroma.

Physical Characteristics

Caps:

Oval to bell-shaped, smooth, white to pink

Gills:

Free, white to pink

Look Alike Species

look alike species

Specie:

Podostroma cornu-damae

Edibility:

Poisonous

Differences:Both species are white and have a gelatinous texture. However, Podostroma cornu-damae differs from Tremella fuciformis in that it has a more elongated shape and is often found growing on the ground rather than on wood. Additionally, Podostroma cornu-damae is known to contain deadly toxins that can cause severe health problems, including multiple organ failure, while Tremella fuciformis is a popular edible species used in many Asian cuisines and traditional medicines.

Nutrition Facts (Raw)

Serving Size g
Amount Per Serving
Calories32
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.68 g1%
Saturated Fat 0 g0%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg0%
Sodium 0 mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 3.83 g1%
Dietary Fiber 2.5 g9%
Total Sugars 0 g
Protein 3.83 g8%
Vit A 0 µg 0%B1 0 mg 0%
B2 0 mg 0%B3 0 mg 0%
B6 0 mg 0%B9 0 µg 0%
B12 0 mg 0%Vit C 0 mg 0%
Vit D 0 µg 0%Vit E 0 mg 0%
Vit K 0 µg 0%Calcium 0 mg 0%
Copper 0 mg 0%Iron 0 mg 0%
Mg 0 mg 0%Mn 0 mg 0%
Phosph. 0 mg 0%Pot. 0 mg 0%
Selenium 0 µg 0%Zinc 0 mg 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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