Mushroom powder is made by drying and grinding mushrooms. It not only has a unique flavor, but also has rich nutritional components and diverse health benefits. It is a precious medicinal and food supplement widely used in traditional Chinese medicine health care and Western food industry. This articles, we will talk about muchroom powders benefits, difference between mushroom extracts VS powder, how to make and how to use it?

Mushroom powder benefits:

Is mushroom powders good for you? Of course yes. The benefits as below:

  1. Nutritious: It is rich in various nutrients such as protein, vitamins, minerals, etc., which can help enhance the body’s immune system.
  2. Strengthening the immune system:  it contains various active substances, such as polysaccharides and peptides, which have the effect of enhancing the function of the immune system.
  3. Providing energy:  it contains rich carbohydrates and fats, which can provide long-lasting energy.
  4. Improving digestive system function:  it contains dietary fiber, which helps promote intestinal peristalsis and digestive absorption.
  5. Enhancing Health: The active ingredients have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor effects, which help maintain overall physical health.
Item 100g shiitake mushroom powders Nuriention %
Calorie 1493KJ 18%
Protein 44.4g 74%
Fat 3.1g 5%
Carbohydrate 36.7g 12%
Na 387mg 19%
Ca 1204mg 155%

Mushroom extracts VS mushroom powder

Mushroom extracts and powder, are they same? The answer is NO.

What’s the difference?

They are different from processing technology, solubility, odor, shape, price, etc., specific differences are as follows

  1. Processing technology: the mushroom extracts is obtained by powder grinding, water boiling, concentrating, filtering and spray drying the selected mushrooms, and the mushroom powderS is the powder directly ground after cleaning and drying the selected mushrooms.
  2. Solubility: The mushroom extract is extracted by water, so it becomes clear and transparent after being dissolved in water;  while the  mushroom seasoning powder is insoluble in water. After water dissolution, there is precipitation and it is not clear.
  3. Odor: The odor of the edible mushroom powders is closer to the taste of the dehydrated mushrooms, while the extract has a relatively light taste.
  4. Shape: mushroom extracts seen on market includes liquid, mushroom exracts powder, granules.
  5. Price: mushroom extracts price is lower than mushroom powders.
  6. Usage: the extracts are used as medical, healthcare products, while the powder ofen used as seasoning for cooking etc.

In short, The mushroom extracts refers to the spray dried powder after water extraction. It is water-soluble, has a light smell, and is generally brownish yellow in color. Its advantage is that it is clear and transparent after water extraction, but its disadvantage is that it has a light smell.

Organic mushroom powder refers to the powder directly ground after drying mushrooms, which is not completely water-soluble and has a smell similar to that of the raw materials. Its advantages are a strong odor, but its disadvantages are insoluble in water.

How to make mushroom powder?

The process includes:

Mushroom selecting- washing cleaning – mushroom slicing – mushroom dehydrating – powder grinding

  1. Mushroom selecting: Choose high quality fresh mushrooms as raw materials. Mushrooms should have a complete cap and a solid stem, free from pests or mildew. The common used mushroom includes: shiitake mushroom, oyster mushroom, porcini mushroom etc
  2. Pre-processing mushroom: Clean the selected mushrooms to remove soil and impurities, then cut mushrooms into slices.
  3. Dehydrating: Drying is the process of evaporating excess water from mushrooms, which can be achieved using hot air drying oven machines. Spread the mushroom slices on the trays, pull into the drying oven, close the door, drying at 60-80 celsius degree for 6-8 hours.
  4. Powder grinding: Grind the dried mushroom slices and sift through an 80 mesh sieve to obtain final powders.

How to make mushroom extracts?

The process of making mushroom extracts includes:

Mushroom selecting – mushroom dehydrating – powder grinding – water distiller – concentrating- spray drying  – fine powder grinding – powder blending – powder sifting- powder filling and packaging

The mushrooms extraction techniques mainly include water extraction, acid extraction, alkaline extraction, enzymatic hydrolysis, ultrasonic extraction, microwave-assisted extraction, etc. Among them, water extraction method is the most commonly used. The water extraction method involves mixing mushroom powder with water, heating and soaking it for a certain period of time, and then obtaining mushroom extract through steps such as filtration, concentration, and spray drying. The water extraction method is simple and feasible, with low cost, but the extraction efficiency is relatively low.

Recommend machines for  making mushroom extracts and powder

Mushroom dehydrator

Powder grinder

Spray dryer

How to use mushroom powder?

Usage suggestion

  1. Direct consumption: mushroom blend powder can be directly added to food, such as soup, stir fried vegetables, noodles, etc., to add flavor and nutrition.
  2. Mushroom powder Seasoning addition: it can be used as a seasoning to add aroma and taste to dishes.
  3. Beverage addition: Add to fruit juice, milkshakes, or tea to make a nutritious beverage.


  1. Store in a cool and dry environment, avoiding direct sunlight.
  2. After opening, please use it as soon as possible to ensure the freshness and quality of the product.
  3. If allergic to mushrooms, it is recommended to consume with caution.

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