The wonderful white mushroom takes centre stage in supermarkets up and down the land. Its snow-white colour is caused by being grown in the dark. The white mushrooms come in four sizes – button, closed cup, open cup and large. Interestingly, the size of the cup continues to grow even after the mushroom is picked.
The brown mushroom is seriously flavoursome whether raw or lightly cooked, offering a deep, complex and rich flavour. Similarly, to white mushrooms, it comes in various sizes; closed cup or ‘Chestnut’ and the slightly larger ‘mini Portobello’. If a bold mushroom flavour is what you’re after, the brown mushroom is for you.
The portobello mushroom is a chestnut mushroom that has been allowed to grow to full maturity. What you’re left with is a dense, meaty texture and an intensely deep mushroom flavour. The portobello’s large flat base allows it to be used in a variety of ways, such as stuffed, baked, grilled or even barbecued.
One of the most commonly grown mushrooms, the button mushroom is a white mushroom in its youngest form. Button mushrooms are some of the most common found in UK Supermarkets.
Not unlike the Portobello mushroom, Flat mushrooms can be stuffed, grilled, baked and barbecued. Flat mushrooms are also very popular in the UK supermarkets up and down the country.
The crisp white mushroom with long thin stems and tiny white caps is irresistible in soups, stews and salads. Named after the enoki tree that it grows on in Japan, it has a slight crunch and a sweet, fruity flavour.
The buna-shimeji is regarded in Japan as the most gourmet of mushrooms. Although less common in the UK, it is still a regal delicacy that offers a nutty and buttery flavour. Sold in clusters, each mushroom is very small with a dark cap, light gills ang long stalks.
Named after its resemblance to an oyster shell, the selfless oyster mushroom is happy to accompany lots of ingredients. It not only works incredibly well in a stir-fry, but also in pasta and rice dishes. The most delicate of the mushroom family comes in a variety of beautiful colours such as grey, pink, yellow and brown.
Originally from Japan, the shiitake mushroom works perfectly in oriental cooking, eliciting its distinct flavour all around. The shiitake is sensational in sauces, soups and stir-fries. The firm cap and brown meaty flesh are what gives the mushroom its incredible taste.