Friday, January 16, 2015

How To Choose Button Mushrooms & Great Reasons To Eat Them!

 Mushrooms have certainly gotten popular in the last few years, and the varieties are endless it seems.

The white or button mushroom and the portabella are my two favorite varieties. The button mushroom shown here have a mild, earthy flavor. The color ranges from white to pale tan. These mushrooms are available year-round and are delicious and versatile  both fresh or cooked.

Mushrooms are considered an incredibly nutritious food.  In fact, some health experts believe that mushrooms should be included in the super-food catagory and that they are nature's nutritional supplement. They help with cell repair, digestion, provide B vitamins, and do wonders for inflammation.

They are said to boost energy, balance the effects of stress, promote healthy skin and hair, cleanse the liver, and even promote memory and concentration!

Wow…who knew!

When purchasing button mushrooms look for a smooth, firm skin without blemishes. Underneath, the mushroom should not be pulling away from the stem, it should be closed or sealed around the stem. They should be somewhat firm to the touch and not have soft brownish spots.

I have found storing mushrooms in the refrigerator works best with a paper towel placed underneath the mushrooms or over them in an airtight container.  Mushrooms aren't going to last as long as other vegetables in the refrigerator. In less than a weeks time the quality will begin to decline.

Give mushrooms a try if you haven't lately.  Toss some in a casserole or pasta sauce. Try slicing some over a fresh green salad, or add them to a soup or stir-fry.  Top your favorite pizza or burger with some sliced mushrooms. Take it a step further and make stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer.  Add some to a skewer with fresh pineapple chunks and peppers, brush olive oil and soy sauce and broil in the oven or grill them on the BBQ this summer.

Next time you are at the market, don't forget to grab some mushrooms!

Enjoy all the benefits mushrooms provide...both in the kitchen and in your health.

Here are a few recipes you might like to try that include mushrooms:
Homestyle Chili with Mushrooms
Perfect Salads
Not My Mother's Beef Stew
Popular Pizza
No need to stop here though…there are many more!