Mushrooms are pretty rad. There are hundreds of different mushrooms and they are a great source of vitamin B and D. Pro tip: You can put mushrooms in the sunlight after they are picked and they will still absorb more vitamin D for you to eat! Lets take a quick look at some of the more common mushrooms!
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Are packed with antioxidants and pretty familiar. You see these guys in pastas all the time, but they can be eaten raw as well.
AKA brown mushrooms. Its actually just a more mature version of the white button mushroom.
Alas! we have been duped! The Portabella is just a very large and mature Crimini! However their size makes them great for grilling and a hefty filler.
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An imported mushroom for sure, but recently Shitaki mushrooms have been gaining fans with its rich smokey flavor. Don’t try to sautee the stems with the rest of the mushroom but save it for your next vegetable stock.
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Aptly named for their subtle oyster like flavor. These are a more delicate mushroom and tend to cook quickly. For some recipes click here!
These little dudes are usually served raw. They are crunch with a mild almost fruity taste. You might of seen them floating around in a ramen or udon bowl.
For a really comprehensive guide to mushrooms check out The Cook’s Thesaurus.