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Mushroom Powder Supplies Vegan Vitamin D

Posted on February 13, 2012 by Samantha Gendler, Senior Editor

by Reed Mangels, PhD, RD

Dole Portobello Mushroom Powder’s ingredient listing is a quick read – Portobello mushrooms. Mushrooms naturally contain a small amount of vitamin D. Dole exposed mushrooms to ultraviolet light in order to increase the amount of vitamin D in the mushrooms. By drying the vitamin D-rich mushrooms and grinding them into a powder, Dole has created a concentrated source of vitamin D. The mushrooms are a source of vitamin D2, the vegan form of vitamin D. One teaspoon of the mushroom powder provides 600 IU of vitamin D – enough to meet the recommendations for vitamin D for children and for adults age 70 and younger (1-1/3 teaspoons of the powder would supply 800 IU of vitamin D – the recommendation for adults older than 70). The mushroom powder can be easily added to hummus, soups, grain dishes, salad dressings, and sauces where it adds a mild mushroom flavor. In a seitan roast, the mushroom powder did not markedly change the taste but was a convenient way to supply the day’s worth of vitamin D. The mushroom powder was more evident in High “D” Hummus Dip (recipe available at which was delicious but tasted more like a mushroom and onion spread than hummus. I’d bet this would be great on rye bread or crackers.

The limited-supply vitamin D mushroom powder can be ordered online at in both 2 oz. and 3.5 oz.bottles. To learn more, visit or write to Dole Food Company, One Dole Drive, Westlake Village, CA 91362-7300.

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  1. Michelle says:

    Excellent information. Vitamin D food sources are rare and almost non existent in plant life. So thanks for sharing this alternative source of Vitamin D.

  2. Anita says:

    I have never heard of this before. I need extra vitamin d in my diet, so I will have to give this a try. Thanks.

  3. Aisha Nassaka says:

    As a mushroom grower,this is really an inspiration!!!!!!!!

  4. As an Organic mushroom grower, we can increase the manufacture of Vitamin D by pulverizing oyster mushroom after dehydration just after it was harvested.

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