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Recipes: Mushrooms

Mushrooms are an extremely popular vegetable in Australia, and there is no wonder why, they are healthy and delicious.

They are a variety of different mushroom available in Australia but did you know that button, cup and flat mushrooms are all actually from the same variety but are just at different stages of development.

Button mushrooms are classified as being fully closed mushrooms of any size. Sometimes called champignons, Button Mushrooms have a delicate flavour and can be eaten raw or cooked.

Cup Mushrooms come in any size: they are classified as a ‘Cup’ when the ‘veil’, or mushroom underside, breaks away from the stem and has up to 50% gill show. Cups are richer in colour and taste than Buttons and are wonderful grilled on their own Flat Mushrooms have a 50% or greater gill show: they come in any size. These are the most mature and intensely flavoured mushrooms: they have a dense, meaty texture and their gills are darker than the Cups and Buttons. Flats can be used as a replacement for meat or bread in many dishes, or eaten on their own.

When buying Buttons, Cups or Flats, look for dry, firm, wrinkle-free skin. Healthy mushrooms should not have any wet, slimy spots.

Mushrooms are a great addition to any meal. They are low in calories, are fat free, cholesterol free, and have very low levels of sugar and salt. They also provide a valuable source of dietary fibre, as well as several vitamins and minerals.

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