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Wrapping Up National Mushroom Month

As National Mushroom Month, September, comes to an end, let's recap on our favorite mushrooms that are regularly stocked here in our warehouse. With mushroom popularity on the rise, there are tons of different varieties to choose from. So let's dive in and find out what these mushrooms taste like, how to best use them, creative dishes to incorporate them in, the nutrients within them, and all the wonderful health benefits that they can provide!

Portabella Mushrooms

Available by the 5LB box or Portabella Caps available by the 3LB box

Portabella Mushrooms contain the ultimate rich and meaty taste. This strong umami flavor makes the portabella mushroom a great meat alternative. Try a grilled portabella burger, portabella stuffed mushroom, or in dishes such as tacos, fajitas, alfredo, stir-fries, and salads. Portabella mushrooms can also be used to create a healthy and delicious vegan gravy, perfect for pouring over mashed potatoes or mixing into soups. Portabella mushrooms are rich in many essential nutrients such as potassium, copper, selenium, vitamins B and D, and several antioxidants. Consuming portabella mushrooms can also help reduce inflammation, help prevent cancer risk, and are a great source of protein!

Shiitake Mushrooms

Available by the 3LB box

Locally Sourced

Shiitake mushrooms have a strong smoky, earthy flavor profile and contain a buttery texture when cooked. Shiitake mushrooms can be prepared in numerous ways including in pastas, risottos, stews, soups, and salads, and they can even be made into crispy chips or bacon! Not only do these mushrooms provide a textural intricacy to a dish. Shiitakes can also offer the consumer many essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B5, zinc, copper, fiber, and vitamin D. In addition, Shiitake mushrooms can also reduce the risk of stomach cancer and heart disease, lower cholesterol, and promote healthy skin!

Cremini Mushrooms

Available by the 5LB box

Cremini mushrooms, also known as baby bellas contain an umami flavor similar to that of a Portobello mushroom. Once a cremini is fully developed it will become a portabella, hence the flavor similarities. These mushrooms will be well suited to add to omelets, kinds of pasta, salads, risottos, bruschetta, stews, and soups. When sauteed, cremini mushrooms also pair well with chicken or pork chops. Creminis are loaded with nutrients such as zinc, copper, selenium, phosphorus, and B vitamins, and are high in protein. Cremini mushrooms also contain various health benefits such as helping to improve gut health, promoting healthy cholesterol levels, providing the body with antioxidants, and helping to prevent heart disease.

Maitake Mushrooms

Available by the case only

Maitake mushrooms, also known as the hen-of-the-woods due to their similar appearance to hens' feathers, have an earthy slightly spicy flavor. The typical maitake mushroom ranges in size from 3 to 15 pounds, however, they can grow to be as large as 100 pounds! Maitake mushrooms can be prepared in many ways such as frying, grilling, roasting, baking, stir-frying, sauteing, and can also be eaten fresh. Try maitake mushrooms in omelets, tossed into different types of pasta, cooked into stews, placed on top of pizzas, mixed into salads, or even baked into a cheesecake with thyme! Maitake mushrooms are packed full of nutrients, such as fiber, copper, vitamins B and C, potassium, beta-glucans, amino acids, and antioxidants.

White Mushrooms

Available in a Large 3LB or 10LB box, in a Medium 10# box

Also available Sliced by the 10LB box

White mushrooms, also known as button mushrooms account for around 90% of all mushrooms consumed by people in the United States. White mushrooms contain a very subtle umami flavor, however, this flavor becomes amplified once cooked. The mild flavor of the white mushroom makes them the perfect pairing for a multitude of dishes. White mushrooms work particularly well in soups, salads, and sauces, as a pizza topping, sauteed or marinated and placed as a side dish, or enjoyed raw. There are several health benefits associated with the consumption of white mushrooms, such as boosting the immune system, protecting against certain cancers, promoting strong bone health, and reducing inflammation. White mushrooms are an excellent source of protein, fiber, calcium, potassium, and vitamin D.

Enoki Mushrooms

Available by the package or case

Enoki mushrooms are known for their long, thin noodle-like appearance, and contain a slightly fruity flavor mixed with a mild earthy taste, and a chewy texture. Enoki mushrooms are most commonly used in stir-fries, soups, and stews. Try enoki mushrooms mixed in ramen bowls, in a Japanese hot pot, or sauteed and eaten by themselves or served as a side dish. Enoki mushrooms are rich in nutritional benefits, consisting of copper, fiber, protein, niacin, thiamine, vitamins B5 and D, and several antioxidants. Enoki mushrooms can also lower cholesterol, promote good digestive health, boost the immune system, lower the risk of cancer, and may also increase overall brain health.

Blue Oyster Mushrooms

Available by the 3LB box

Locally Sourced

Blue oyster mushrooms have a slightly earthy flavor, with a faint seafood taste. These protein-packed mushrooms are perfect in salads, soups, stir-fries, and sauces, adding a meaty texture to the dish. Or try blue oyster mushrooms paired with fish, seafood, chicken, or in pork dishes. Blue oyster mushrooms are highly nutritious and provide the consumer with many essential vitamins and minerals, and lots of protein and fiber. These mushrooms are the ultimate superfood, packed with health benefits, such as helping to prevent illness by giving you an immunity boost, reducing joint pain and tendonitis, anti-inflammatory effects, promoting a healthy heart, and more!

Have any questions about our mushroom selections any time of year- give us a call at 585-272-7070

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