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."
Cultivated in France around 1700, mushrooms were first introduced into this country as a cultivated plant about 1890.