Mushrooms are at the centre of the vegan revolution. Why? Because they contain a nutritional profile similar to meat but in a plant-based meal. Mushrooms are the ultimate meat alternative.
They contain many "essential" amino acids that you just can't get from plant-based proteins. This is why they are at the forefront of research into emerging/alternative proteins.
Contain healthy doses of the Vitamin B group including B12 (shiitake). For vegans, mushrooms are one of the only sources of dietary vitamin D.
Depending on the variety, mushrooms also have several minerals that may be difficult to obtain from a vegan diet — such as selenium, potassium, copper, iron, and phosphorus
In a word umami. They add solid flavours to every meal. They have complex flavours that tie a meal together.
We describe the Pink oyster mushroom as being playful in the kitchen. With this, you can add a crispy crunch or a meaty chew. They add a more substantial mouthfeel.