The Australian Mushroom Growers Association (AMGA) is an Australian-wide corporate body dedicated to driving value for Australia’s mushroom growers. Their vision is to ensure mushrooms are a vital, unique part of the Australian diet.
They provide a range of services to their members and the broader industry to foster growth and development. Their members comprise of Mushroom farmers, associated businesses and industry people.
The AMGA works with all parts of the supply chain, from production through to the consumer. By working together, we seek to continually improve their growers’ ability to provide a healthy, profitable and safe product for all consumers. As part of this continual improvement, they work with Hort Innovation to ensure the industry levy funded Research and Development and Marketing programs for the Australian Mushroom industry are well directed and responsive to industry needs. Learn more at https://australianmushroomgrowers.com.au/
Driving value for their members, Australia’s mushroom growers
Mushrooms are a vital, unique part of the Australian diet
• Mushroom growers are supported in the production of safe, healthy and profitable products
• AMGA is the voice representing Australia’s mushroom industry
• AMGA extracts best value for Australian mushroom growers’ levies
• Effective board, well-governed, strong leadership
• Industry-wide communication supports members’ interests and increases capability
• Management of industry risk and reputation of the Australian Mushrooms brand
• Ability to influence consumers, governments and other stakeholders
• Extensive technical knowledge and global connections
• Foresight to identify industry challenges and opportunities
Mushrooms promoted by the AMGA
Wild Mushrooms in Australia
Wild foraging is extremely dangerous, unless you are with a qualified mycologist (a fungi specialist).
Throughout the year, and particularly more prevalent in the cooler months, mushrooms of all shapes and sizes can be found popping up in forests, paddocks or even back gardens all over Australia. Some wild mushrooms look quite similar to ordinary mushrooms that you find in a store, but in fact could be poisonous or deadly. It is very difficult, even for an expert, to identify wild mushroom varieties suitable for consumption. It’s simply not worth the risk.
AMGA recommends consumers purchase Australian grown mushrooms though retailers or suitable farmers markets. Mushrooms grown commercially are high quality and grown under strict Food Safety Policies. Not only will this ensure the mushrooms are safe to eat, but will ensure the mushrooms are of the highest quality.
Medicinal Mushrooms in Australia
Medicinal mushrooms are specific groups of mushrooms that contain beneficial compounds and nutrients that support optimal health. Some benefits include:
- Boosting the immune system
- Reducing inflammation
- Improving brain health
- Balancing blood sugar
- Supporting the nervous system
- Increasing energy
Medicinal mushrooms are known for their potent compounds such beta glucans, triterpenes and polysaccharides. They can be consumed in a number of ways, including capsules, extracts, powders, tinctures, and teas.
The most popular medicinal mushrooms in Australia include:
The Australian Mushroom Growers Association focuses more on culinary mushrooms commonly cooked with and eaten in meals. Medicinal mushrooms such as Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps and Turkey Tail are not covered in their areas of expertise or grower’s objectives.
Medicinal Mushrooms in North America
The use of medicinal mushrooms in North America continues to grow as more people are turning to alternative ways of healing and supplementation. Businesses across United States and Canada now operate in commercial growing, wholesale and retail of medicinal mushrooms. While many brands are trying to ride the wave of the popularity of this product, there are obvious inferior medicinal mushroom products compared to high quality supplements. For more information, check out our guides on the following: