These days, the produce aisle routinely offers white button mushrooms, portobellos (also spelled “portobella”), their younger sibling cremini (also sold as “baby bellas”), oyster and shiitake mushrooms. Exotic varieties like morels and chanterelles make their appearance when foragers are lucky enough to find them in the wild.
Health Benefits: All mushrooms contain nutrients like potassium, copper, niacin and selenium. Research suggests that white button mushrooms seem to have as many antioxidant properties as (and in some cases more than) other mushrooms.
Shopping Tip: Fresh mushrooms should be firm, with a fresh, smooth appearance.
Storage Tips: Keep mushrooms in their original container up to a week in the refrigerator. Once opened, mushrooms should be stored in a porous paper bag to prolong their shelf life. Do not store fresh mushrooms in airtight containers, which will cause condensation and speed up spoilage. Never freeze fresh mushrooms.
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