Sunning Your Mushrooms in The Bahamas

Health and Fitness

The sun is (almost) always shining in The Bahamas. Plenty of natural sunlight is great for afternoons at the beach but did you know the sun can boost the vitamin D levels in mushrooms?

No matter what diet you follow or the foods you eat, the best source of vitamin D is the sun. Vitamin D from mushrooms is vegan and extremely bioavailable, which means our bodies can actually absorb the vitamin.

Some of the benefits of getting enough D include:

– Boosts our immune system

– Maintains healthy bones

– Good for teeth & oral health

– Assists in calcium absorption

– Promotes heart health

– Regulates insulin levels

– Keeps energy levels & mood up

Most mushrooms contain vitamin D before they are exposed to sunlight, including varieties like button, mistake, morel, chanterelle, oyster, and shiitake.

You can expose mushrooms to the sun to increase their vitamin D levels. It’s recommended that mushrooms are exposed gills up to the sunlight for at least eight (8) hours but up to fourteen (14) hours. 

The vitamin D levels in 100 grams of organic shiitake mushrooms went from 100/IU to nearly 46,000/IU after being sunned with their gills up for two days, six hours each day.

Mushrooms such as morels and chanterelles have more D to begin with since they typically grow outside. After being exposed to sunlight, their post-UV exposure levels soar.

Ready to sun your mushrooms? Click here for a how-to guide.