Fiesta of Flavors: Cooking with Medicinal Mushroom

January, 19 2024 | by Dr. SILVANA JAKUPOVIC, ND

Cinco de Mayo, a day rich in history and cultural significance, is often celebrated with vibrant parades, lively music, and, most importantly, an array of delicious Mexican cuisine. While this day commemorates the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, it has also become a broader celebration of Mexican culture and heritage.

In recent years, there's been a growing trend towards feasting healthily. One such health-focused trend is the addition of medicinal mushrooms into everyday diets. Renowned for their impressive health benefits, medicinal mushrooms offer a unique opportunity to elevate the nutritional value of traditional Cinco de Mayo dishes. Today, we aim to blend the festive spirit of Cinco de Mayo with medicinal mushroom health benefits, offering you a fiesta of flavours that not only tantalize your taste buds but also bolster your health.


• The Health Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal Mushroom Guacamole

• Medicinal Mushroom Margarita

• Mushroom Powder Salsa Recipe

• Medicinal Mushroom Tacos

• Cinco de Mayo Mushroom Enchiladas


The Health Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms have been a cornerstone in traditional medicine for centuries, prized for their extensive health benefits. Varieties like Reishi, Cordyceps, and Shiitake are not just culinary delights but also potent health supplements.

Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum): Often referred to as the "mushroom of immortality," Reishi is celebrated for its immune-boosting properties. It’s known to enhance the immune response while also exhibiting anti-stress effects, making it a great addition to any diet.

Cordyceps Mushroom (Cordyceps militaris/sinensis): This unique mushroom, growing on the larvae of insects, is famous for its energy-boosting abilities. Athletes often use Cordyceps to enhance physical performance. Additionally, it supports respiratory health and is believed to have anti-aging properties.

Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinula edodes): A popular culinary mushroom, Shiitake is also recognized for its health-promoting properties. It's rich in nutrients, supports heart health, and is known for its anti-inflammatory and immune-supporting effects.

Historically, these mushrooms have been used in various cultures, especially in Asia, for their medicinal qualities. Modern science has begun to back up these traditional uses with research, noting their rich composition of bioactive compounds like polysaccharides, triterpenes, and beta-glucans.

Mexican Mushroom Culinary Innovations

Mushrooms' earthy flavours and meaty textures make them versatile ingredients in the culinary world, especially in Mexican cuisine, where their robust flavours can complement traditional spices and ingredients. 

One of the simplest and most effective ways to incorporate the health benefits of medicinal mushrooms into your Cinco de Mayo menu is by using mushroom powder blends. Brands like Eversio Wellness have made it convenient to use these functional fungi in cooking by offering blends that are not only easy to use but also packed with increased potency compared to fresh mushrooms. 

Cinco de Mayo Mushroom Dishes

Medicinal Mushroom Guacamole


• Avocados
• Lime juice
• Onion
• Tomato
• Cilantro
• Garlic
• Eversio Wellness Mushroom Blend (your choice)
• Salt
• Pepper


Prepare your guacamole as usual, mashing the avocados and mixing in the chopped onion, tomato, cilantro, and garlic. Before seasoning with salt and pepper, add a teaspoon of the mushroom powder blend. This will not only boost the health quotient of your guacamole but also add a subtle depth of flavour that complements the creamy avocado.


Medicinal Mushroom Margarita


• Tequila
•  Triple sec
• Fresh lime juice
• Agave syrup
• Eversio Wellness Mushroom Blend (your choice)
• Salt for the rim
• Lime wedges


Shake tequila, triple sec, lime juice, agave syrup, and a small spoonful of mushroom powder blend with ice. Strain into a salt-rimmed glass and garnish with a lime wedge. This innovative cocktail is a perfect way to toast health and happiness on Cinco de Mayo.


Mushroom Powder Salsa Recipe


• Tomatoes
• Red onion
• Jalapeños
• Cilantro
• Lime juice
• Eversio Wellness Mushroom Blend (your choice)
• Salt

Directions: Finely chop the tomatoes, red onion, and jalapeños. Mix in chopped cilantro and squeeze in fresh lime juice. Sprinkle in the mushroom powder blend and season with salt. This enhanced salsa can be a nutritious topping for tacos, and nachos, or even enjoyed with traditional tortilla chips.


Medicinal Mushroom Tacos


• Corn tortillas
• Mixed vegetables (bell peppers, onions, corn, etc.) 
• Black beans
• Eversio Wellness Mushroom Blend (your choice)
• Taco seasoning
• Avocado
• Lime wedges


Sauté the vegetables and black beans with taco seasoning and the mushroom powder blend. Serve this filling in warm corn tortillas and top with sliced avocado. Squeeze a lime wedge over the top for an added zing.


Cinco de Mayo Mushroom Enchiladas


• Corn tortillas
• Shredded chicken or a vegetarian alternative
• Enchilada sauce
• Cheese
• Eversio Wellness Mushroom Blend (your choice)


Prepare the enchiladas by filling the tortillas with your choice of protein, and generously sprinkling the mushroom powder blend inside. Roll them up and place them in a baking dish. Cover with enchilada sauce and cheese and bake until bubbly. 

By using a mushroom powder blend in your cooking, like one from Eversio Wellness, you not only simplify the cooking process but also ensure that you're maximizing the health benefits of these potent medicinal mushrooms. These recipes offer a delightful way to enjoy the festivities of Cinco de Mayo while also nurturing your body with the incredible wellness properties of mushrooms.

Celebrating Health and Heritage with Mushroom-Infused Mexican Cooking

As we wrap up, let's reflect on the journey we've taken from exploring the health benefits of medicinal mushrooms to creatively incorporating them into our Cinco de Mayo celebrations. This fusion of tradition and wellness is more than just a culinary experiment; it's a testament to the ever-evolving nature of cuisine and our understanding of health.

As you embark on your culinary adventures this Cinco de Mayo, we invite you to share your experiences and creations. Tag us in your mushroom-infused dishes and let us know how you’re celebrating health and heritage. Here’s to a festive, flavorful, and healthful Cinco de Mayo!

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