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Shiitakes and the food pyramid

ShiitakesI was raised on the old USDA food pyramid, and even though I know it's not quite healthy, I still tend to plan my meals based on its teachings.  I try to make sure every meal has plenty of vegetables, a bit of protein, a bit of starch.  And, of course, I eat fruit like it's candy.

But mushrooms mystify me.  They have so many vitamins and minerals in them that they are clearly in the vegetable group.  On the other hand, they are relatively high in protein, which means that I might lump them in with meats (where I put eggs and legumes.)  Given this week's massive harvest, I'm tempted to say that shiitakes fill both niches.  After all, we have enough mushrooms this week to cover the entire food pyramid!



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