Nabeela Vadi – Cii Radio | 19 Rabi ul Awwal 1437/31 December 2015

Hazrat Abi Sayeed narrates that Rasoollullah (SAW) said, “Khumbi is a part of Mann, Mann actually is from paradise, its water is a cure for eyes.”

What is Khumbi?

Khumbi is the local name for Mushrooms. In the above hadeeth, it is clear that the mushroom, a sunnah vegetable of the Prophet Muhammed SAW, is a miraculous creation of Allah, containing a part from Jannah and has the power to heal the eyes.

Not only does the Mushroom have the power to heal the eyes but its medicinal uses range from clearing the eyes to increasing physical strength, germicide, arthritis, paralysis, parknesis, muscle pain, headache and dizziness as studied by the Gomal University of Pakistan.

Mushrooms are considered halaal and a sunnah food as long as it is not of the poisonous type and if it is used for the above uses, and not for intoxicating purposes as the drug-mushroom allows.

Mushrooms, are an umbrella shaped vegetable that grow in the earth, out of which some are poisonous. Nevertheless the majority of which are perfect for consumption, once they are washed.

Health benefits associated with the Mushroom

Mushrooms help heal ulcers and ulcerous wounds and protect them from infections. Containing about 80 to 90 percent water they are very low in calories. Hence, mushrooms are an ideal food for persons following a weight management program or a diet for hypertension.

 A good combination of vitamins A, B-Complex and C, found in mushrooms also strengthens the immune system and are good for cardiovascular health in terms of cholesterol levels because of the fiber in conjunction with certain enzymes and the high lean protein content. They also lower the risk of cancer and help in the treatment of cancer and prevent cancer due to presence of certain anti-cancer properties.

Mushrooms are probiotic, they help restore our bodies balance and natural resistance to disease. They contain analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Mushrooms contain natural insulin and enzymes which help in breaking down certain compounds which help proper functioning of liver, pancreas and the other endocrinal glands, thereby promoting formation of insulin and its proper flow.

Rich in several anti-oxidants (Selenium, Uric acid & Vitamin A, E, & C) as well as Vitamin D mushrooms are very good for health of bones, teeth, nails, hair and as an anti-oxidants as they are rich in calcium, iron, potassium, copper, and selenium.

Cleaning and Preparation

Clean mushrooms only when you are ready to use them. Remove any bits of the debris on the surface, rinse with cold running water or gently wipe the mushrooms with a damp cloth, paper towel, or soft brush.

How do I use dried mushrooms? Dried mushrooms are intensely concentrated in flavor and should be treated more like a seasoning than a vegetable. You’ll need to soak the dried mushrooms in hot water for 20-30 minutes, rinse, then chop, and use. Saving the soaking water and adding it to your sauces or soups will intensify the mushroom flavor.

Mushrooms are available all year long and although there are many different varieties, selecting any kind of mushrooms are easy. You should look for firm, moisture-free (not dry), unblemished caps, and free of mold. Place purchased loose mushrooms in a paper bag in the refrigerator. Airtight plastic bags tend to retain moisture and will accelerate spoilage. Properly stored mushrooms will last for approximate five days.

Mushrooms can be frozen but they must be cleaned, cooked, and placed in a ½ cup or 1 cup container to freeze. Don’t forget to mark the date on the container, however frozen mushrooms will last several months.