Food and beverage makers are taking mushrooms beyond brown and button and exploring inclusions and infusions with fungi that offer functional benefits. Read on to see if this on-trend ingredient makes sense for your product.

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What they are: Functional mushrooms, also known as medicinal mushrooms, offer a host of adaptogenic benefits, such as increased athletic performance, stress reduction, immune support and cognitive function… to name just a few.

Popular varieties:

  • Lion’s Mane
  • Reishi
  • Chaga
  • Cordyceps
  • Ashwagandha
  • Turkey Tail
  • Maitake

Applications for food and beverage: As Food Industry Executive describes them, “Adaptogenic mushrooms like all mushrooms are very versatile. The flavors are generally mild, so as mushrooms are incorporated into different foods and beverages their natural flavors can be amplified or kept in the background, but either way retaining their healthfulness.” Available for use in powdered and extract varieties.

Brands that are using them:

Rooted Life Adaptogenic Butter

Madeby Cookies

Foods Alive

Down to Earth Super Tea

Four Sigmatic

SMPL Bites 

Butterfly Nut Butters – Chocolate Reishi

Nude Chocolate

Purely Elizabeth – Dark Chocolate Strawberry Granola

 From the Foodboro archives: Mushrooms Making Moves

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