Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Useful Fungi

Many edible forms of fungi are commonly used in cooking, baking, and brewing. The chemical industry also uses fungi to produce many products including citric, gluconic, and oxalic acids, enzymes for washing powder and colorful dyes.

Yeast is a type of fungus used in baking to make bread rise, and in brewing industry to turn sugar to alcohol.It is also used to make blood plasma substitutes, extracts high in vitamin B12, and anticoagulants.


It grows on many damp substances. They are used to flavour cheese and to produce antibiotics, such as penicillin, which are used to combat against bacterial infections.

Edible Fungi:

Many of the fungi are low in food value but are eaten for their flavour. Truffles grow underground and are considered delicious.

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