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VARIETIES

Mushrooms come in many varieties, each type differing in taste, texture and appearance.
Click on the variety of mushroom you wish to learn more about.

Agaricus Mushrooms

  • White Mushrooms
  • Brown (Mini Bella, Crimini) Mushrooms
  • Portabella Mushrooms
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The most commonly used and readily available of all mushrooms varieties, white mushrooms vary in size from small “button” to large stuffing mushrooms. They also vary in colour from creamy to bright white.

Taste it.
White mushrooms have a mild, woodsy flavour when eaten raw. This delicate flavour becomes more pronounced and distinguishable when cooked.

Use it.
A versatile flavour enhancer for almost any meal and is excellent in soups, stews, casseroles, or as a topping for pizza, hamburgers and salads. Sauté, grill, microwave, bake or eat raw.

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Brown mushrooms bear a resemblance, and are closely related, to white mushrooms; however, they have a cap that ranges in colour from light tan to deep brown. Brown mushrooms tend to be firmer and heartier mushrooms because of their slightly lower water content. This means they will hold their shape well when cooked.

Taste it.
Brown mushrooms have a deeper, earthier flavour when compared to white mushrooms.

Use it.
Perfect as a substitute or use in combination with white mushrooms. Brown mushrooms will complement any beef, poultry or vegetable recipe. Try adding to risottos, sauces and casseroles.

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Portabella mushrooms are the larger version of small brown mushrooms. They have an open veil with a cap diameter that can range in size from 7.5 – 25.5 cm (3 – 10 inches).

Taste it.
Portabellas have an intense, rich, robust flavour and a dense, meaty texture.

Use it.
A wonderful meat alternative and makes a great substitute for hamburgers or other meat dishes.
They are ideal as a flavourful entrée or hearty side dish and are fantastic grilled, stuffed, barbequed, roasted or sautéed.


Exotic Mushrooms

  • Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Oyster Mushrooms
  • Enoki Mushrooms
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Shiitake mushrooms are truly exotic and are grown on specially prepared oak logs. They have tan gills and a fleshy cap that ranges in colour from tan to dark brown.

Taste it.
When cooked, Shiitake mushrooms produce a rich, full flavour with a soft, meaty texture.

Use it.
Shiitake mushrooms are excellent in stir-fries, pasta dishes, soups and sauces. Discarded stem pieces can be used in stocks to add flavour.

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These oyster-shaped, fluted mushrooms come in a wide range of colours. The most widely available are soft grey to grey in colour.

Taste it.
Oyster mushrooms have a delicate, slightly sweet and mild flavour with a soft, velvety texture.

Use it.
Oyster mushrooms are best when cooked and can be used as a substitute for or in combination with other varieties. Their delicate flavour lends itself well to chicken, veal, pork and seafood dishes.

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Enoki mushrooms grow in small clusters and have tiny caps with long, slender stems joined at the base. They are creamy white in colour.

Taste it.
Enoki mushrooms are mild in flavour and have a slightly crunchy texture when eaten raw.

Use it.
These mushrooms are sure to create interest and texture to any dish. Add to salads, sandwiches, wraps or use as a garnish for soups. Preparing Enoki mushrooms is very easy; simply cut off the root cluster and separate the stems. Remember to clean prior to use.
 

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