General: This herb originated in New Guinea and is a perennial, thick clumping bush with glossy, dark green leaf canopy. The leaves taste like mild mushrooms. The plant has bright blue, lip-like flowers which open intermittently.
Culinary Uses: Mushroom plant leaves can be used as a substitute for mushrooms in soups, salads, and stir fries. It is best to add the leaves at the last minute so they retain their brightness and color.
Medicinal Uses: The leaves are extremely rich in chlorophyll, therefore, valuable for blood cleansing and building. Mushroom plant leaves have a higher percentage of protein than mushrooms themselves. It also contains 272 mg of calcium. The plant is also considered to be a rich source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and iron.