Crimini mushrooms, also known as “Baby Bellas” or brown mushrooms, have a firm texture with a tan to dark brown cap. They feature a deep, earthy flavor and are versatile for use in a range of savory recipes.
Select mushrooms that are firm with a fresh, smooth appearance.
The surfaces of the mushroom should be dry, but not dried out, and appear plump.
A closed veil under the mushroom cap indicates a delicate flavor, while an open veil and exposed gills mean a richer flavor.
Long celebrated as a superfood source of powerful nutrients, fresh mushrooms are a healthy addition to your plate. Mushrooms provide many of the same nutritional benefits as vegetables, as well as attributes commonly found in meat, beans and grains. Mushrooms can help fulfill some of the leading recommendations for a healthy diet from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Mushrooms are a nutrient powerhouse and the only source of vitamin D in the produce aisle.
Store mushrooms in their original packaging or in a porous paper bag for prolonged shelf life.
Some mushrooms may keep for up to one week in the refrigerator.
Fresh mushrooms should never be frozen, but frozen sautéed mushrooms will keep for up to one month.