Flavor

They have a fairly mild taste and blend well with almost anything. Their flavor intensifies when cooked.

Preparation

They can be sautéed or cooked any way or enjoyed raw in salads.

Uses

Try them sliced and sautéed on pizza, in pasta, on quesadillas or cheeseburgers.

Nutrition

A serving of 4-5 white mushrooms provides 18 calories, 0 grams of fat and 3 grams of carbohydrates, yet is a good source of the antioxidant selenium; the B vitamins riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid; and copper. And mushrooms have close to 300 mg of potassium per serving, an important nutrient that many Americans do not get enough of. White buttons also contain 2.8 mg of the antioxidant ergothioneine and 15 IU of vitamin D.

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Flavor

Criminis have a deeper, earthier flavor than whites.

Preparation

Sauté, broil, microwave or cook almost any way.

Uses

Their hearty, full-bodied taste makes them an excellent addition to beef, wild game and vegetable dishes.

Nutrition

A serving of 4-5 crimini mushrooms provides 23 calories, 0 grams of fat and 4 grams of carbohydrates, yet is an excellent source of the antioxidant selenium, the B vitamin riboflavin and copper; and a good source of potassium, phosphorus and B vitamins niacin and pantothenic acid. Criminis also contain 4.9 mg of the antioxidant ergothioneine.

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Flavor

They have a deep, meat-like texture and flavor.

Preparation

Portabellas can be grilled, broiled or roasted and served as appetizers, entrees or side dishes.

Uses

Their hearty taste and texture makes them a flavorful vegetarian alternative – grill and serve them as “burgers” on toasted buns.

Nutrition

One medium Portabella cap provides 22 calories, 0 grams of fat and 4 grams of carbohydrates, yet it is an excellent source of the B vitamin riboflavin; and a good source of the antioxidant selenium, potassium, phosphorus, the B vitamins niacin and pantothenic acid and copper. Portabellas also contain 4.3 mg of the antioxidant ergothioneine.

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Flavor

Maitake have a distinctive aroma and a rich, woodsy taste.

Preparation

Sauté lightly in butter or oil.

Uses

For a richer taste in any recipe calling for mushrooms, use maitakes. They can be a main dish ingredient or used in side dishes and soups.

Nutrition

A serving of 4-5 maitake mushrooms provides 31 calories, 0 grams of fat and 6 grams of carbohydrates, yet is a good source of the antioxidant selenium; B vitamins riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid; and copper. Maitake mushrooms also contain more than 2 grams of fiber, nearly 10 percent of the Daily Value.

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Flavor

They have a meaty texture and are rich and woodsy when cooked.

Preparation

Taste best when cooked.

Uses

They add a meaty flavor and texture to stir-fry, pastas, soups, entrees and sides.

Nutrition

A serving of 4-5 shiitake mushrooms provides 41 calories, 0 grams of fat and 10 grams of carbohydrates, yet is a good source of the antioxidant selenium, providing 26 percent of the Daily Value. Shiitake mushrooms are also a great source of B vitamins riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid; and copper.

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Flavor

They are mild tasting and crunchy.

Preparation

Before using, trim roots at cluster base. Separate stems before serving.

Uses

Try them raw in salads and sandwiches. Or use them as an ingredient in soups, such as a stock made with soy sauce and tofu.

Nutrition

A serving of 4-5 enoki mushrooms provides 37 calories, 0 grams of fat and 6 grams of carbohydrates, yet is a good source of the antioxidant selenium; B vitamins riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid; and copper. And enoki mushrooms have more than 300 mg of potassium per serving, an important nutrient that many Americans do not get enough of. Enoki mushrooms also contain more than 2 grams of fiber, nearly 10 percent of the Daily Value.

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Flavor

Oysters have a very delicate flavor.

Preparation

Sauté with butter and onions to bring out their flavor.

Uses

Try over linquine with sliced steak and red peppers, sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

A serving of 4-5 oyster mushrooms provides 36 calories, 0 grams of fat and 5 grams of carbohydrates, yet is a good source of B vitamins riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid; and copper. Oyster mushrooms also contain more than 2 grams of fiber, nearly 10 percent of the Daily Value. And oyster mushrooms have nearly 3 grams of protein, 6 percent of the Daily Value.

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Flavor

Beeches have a crunchy texture offering a delicately mild flavor that is sweet and deliciously nutty.

Preparation

Cook whole or slice into sauces to compliment chicken or fish dishes.

Uses

Great with vegetables and in stir-fry. Add to soups, stews or sauces as a last ingredient to maintain crisp texture.

Nutrition

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