White Button Mushrooms (also known as "common" or "table" mushrooms) are fairly rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin B and potassium. Recognized by their white caps and short stems, these firm, sweet mushrooms are delicious raw. Slice them into salads or serve with vegetable dip. They're also good sauteed in butter or as a pizza topping.
Storage Tip: Keep mushrooms in a vented paper bag in the fridge. Enoki mushrooms will last only a few days, while white, oyster, crimini and boletes stay fresh for up to a week. Shitake and portobello last up to 2 weeks.
Preparation Tip: Mushrooms soak up water which thins out flavor and destroys nutrients, so wipe mushrooms clean with a damp paper towel or mushroom brush. Mushrooms can be eaten raw or cooked ( except morels, which are always eaten cooked).
Did you know... Approximately 38, 000 varieties of mushrooms exist
Culinary Compatibility: Butter, olive oil, sesame oil, nut oils, creme fraiche, sour cream, goat cheese. Gorgonzola, stilton, boursin or blue cheese. Garlic, chives, wine, fresh herbs and pine nuts.
Health Information: Mushrooms are low in calories and fat free. They are a good source of pantothenic acid and a source of iron,, potassium, zinc, niacin, folate, and selenium. Shitake mushrooms are the most healthful, as they contain lenitan which boosts the immune system.