Shiitake Mushroom Bacon


Adaptogenic mushrooms are all the rage right now, but let’s not forget about the nutrient value of “regular” mushrooms. They contain fiber, protein, b vitamins, selenium, potassium, copper, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds. In addition, it’s estimated that 50% of mushrooms that we eat are “functional foods.” Functional foods are those that potentially offer a positive effect on health beyond basic nutrition (i.e., promote optimal health or help reduce the risk of disease). Mushrooms have been shown to boost the immune system. And, because they are prebiotic (meaning they are food for the good bacteria in our gut), they help support a healthy microbiome.

Mushrooms are also amazing for the planet because they can absorb pollution, combat insects, and help foster a rich environment for new forests.

To shine a light on the shiitake mushroom, I created this Shiitake Mushroom Bacon recipe for Local Roots. Local Roots is a modern CSA (community support agriculture). It’s a customizable farmers market that you subscribe to ahead of time. The subscription enables local farmers to grow amazing food with more financial security. When you subscribe, you choose what you want in your share (vegetables, fruit, eggs, mushrooms, greens, meat, dairy, etc.) and then you pick up at the location most convenient for you- the markets are located throughout Manhattan & Brooklyn! (There’s also a delivery service). The food is farm fresh and never travels more than 200 miles to get to you! That’s revolutionary considering most food travels an average of 1,500 miles. Click here to learn more about Local Roots and to subscribe to a trial and use code AbbysFoodCourt for 10% off your first order!

Shiitake mushrooms have so much flavor (especially when harvested at the right time and eaten quickly). This recipe takes full advantage of the meaty flavor and texture of these mushrooms. Check out the recipe for Shiitake Mushroom Bacon on the Local Roots blog by clicking here.