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15 Types Of Mushrooms & How To Cook Them

For some people, mushrooms are a luxury. Their earthiness and meaty textures make them a go-to kitchen staple for those who love rich, intense flavors and chewy bites that bring something special to a dish. For others, though, mushrooms are a no-go. If you fall into the latter category, it may just be because you haven’t yet tried a variety of mushroom that you really like.

See, in the U.S., a massive portion of the mushrooms we eat all come from the exact same species. And if you’ve only had these types of mushrooms for your whole life, we can understand how you wouldn’t be fond of them. But in reality, there are so many different types of mushrooms to choose from, and they all boast different textures and flavor profiles.

That’s why we’ve decided to round up some of our favorite mushroom varieties. We’re covering the classics, of course, but we also want to give some of the more under-the-radar mushroom species the recognition and praise they deserve. Give these mushrooms a try if you’ve never had them before, and you might just have a new favorite food on your hands. Let’s take a closer look.

  1. Button mushrooms

If you’ve only ever had one type of mushroom in your life, we’re going to assume that you had a button mushroom. This variety of mushroom is very common, and it’s probably what you see whenever you’re in the produce section at your grocery store. Actually, button mushrooms are the same species as cremini and portobello mushrooms (we’ll get to those later), but they are just harvested at an early point in their growth cycle. The result is a mild, somewhat unremarkable flavor.

Because they don’t have a super strong flavor, they’re often used for their texture. They can be added raw to a salad, and their somewhat tough and chewy texture makes for an interesting addition to a plain plate of lettuce.

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Anand Vaid

Sempera Organics' staff writer seeks out all the latest mushroom news to keep you informed and up-to-date.