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Also known as Swiss brown mushroom, Roman brown mushroom, Italian brown, Italian mushroom, mature crimini are called Portabella mushrooms.

Scientific Binomial Name: Agaricus sp.

SELECTION INFORMATION
Usage

Eating fresh, cooking in beef, in sauces and stir-fry.

Selection

Good-quality Crimini mushrooms are light tan to medium brown, dry, have smooth, firm caps and are completely closed at the gills (the area where the stem joins the mushroom).

Avoid

Avoid product that is wet, bruised, or open at the gills.

Storage

To store mushrooms, keep them unwashed, dry, cool and dark.

Store mushrooms in a brown paper bag, or in a Tupperware type container on a paper towel in the refrigerator. Do not store mushrooms in plastic bags!

Ripening

Mushrooms will not ripen further after picking - they will only deteriorate, so use as soon as possible.

  • Nutritional Information
  • Crimini Mushrooms are low in Sodium, and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. They're also a good source of Protein and Folate, and a very good source of Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper,

  • Tips & Trivia
  • To store mushrooms, keep them unwashed, dry, cool and dark.

    Store mushrooms in a brown paper bag, or in a Tupperware type container on a paper towel in the refrigerator. Do not store mushrooms in plastic bags!

    To clean mushrooms, wipe them with a damp cloth or soft vegetable brush. Because of their porous nature, mushrooms should not be washed in water, as they will absorb water like a sponge, losing nutrients, flavor and changing texture.

    Three thousand years ago, mushrooms were a delicacy of the Pharaohs in Egypt, who considered them too delicate for common people to eat. They were favored in ancient Rome as a "food of the gods."

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