Tesco has launched the UK’s first ever range of mushrooms which are grown in extra light to naturally enhance their vitamin D levels, so that they are more similar to wild outdoor grown varieties. Mushrooms contain a substance called ergosterol which allows them to naturally make vitamin D when they are exposed to light. The launch of the new range includes Chestnut, Baby Chestnut and Portobello mushrooms. Recent reports by health experts express concerns that people do not get enough vitamin D during the darker winter months. The vitamin is naturally create in our bodies when expose to sunshine, hence the lack of it in the darker months. The mushrooms are grown exclusively for Tesco by Monaghan Mushrooms who are based in the Republic of Ireland. The mushrooms are clearly marked with a sticker that they are enriched with vitamin D.
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