Grouped as vegetables and part of a fleshy fungus. Popular because of high medicinal and nutritional value. It is also cholesterol, fat and gluten free. Over 2300 species of edible mushrooms are grown and available over the world.
Various kinds of edible mushrooms, eg. common button agricus, criminis, portabellas, shitake, oyster, wood ear, morels, chanterelles and enoki. They are sold in 2 forms - fresh and processed(dried, canned or frozen). The most common commercially grown are button agricus, accounting in 2013 for 36.1% of the total musroom market. Shitake mushrooms, also very popular, are considered a speciality mushroom.
There were 3 variants that dominated the global market in 2013, with 76% of globally produced mushrooms coming from button agricus, shitake and oyster mushrooms.