WHAT IS A CREMINI MUSHROOM?
Creminis are white button mushrooms that are allowed to mature for a bit longer. That is why they are less white and more brown. Also known as baby bellas (from portobella), they are very similar to a young portobello. Cremini mushrooms are a good compromise both in intensity of flavor and price. They are a popular ingredient in soups.
WHY ARE CREMINI MUSHROOMS GOOD FOR YOU?
Like all mushrooms they are rich in protein, fiber and vitamins. They are a great healthy alternative to foods laden with saturated fats or cholesterol. In Southeast Asia these mushrooms are served to breastfeeding mothers to help encourage milk production.
WHEN ARE CREMINI MUSHROOMS IN SEASON?
They are available throughout the year.
HOW SHOULD CREMINI MUSHROOMS BE STORED?
Bag with a papertowel to avoid moisture and in your fridge they go! However there is some debate on to whether mushrooms should be washed or not. Some chefs believe that mushrooms immediately absorb water, so if you wash them you’ll ruin any subtle nuances to their flavor. While it is true mushrooms are like sponges (which makes them great at absorbing other flavors in your recipe), washing them is not only fine but recommended. These days with all the chemicals being used in food agriculture, it just isn’t worth the risk not to. Just wash and clean them gently immediately before using them in your recipe. No need to use a ton of water, a quick rinse will do.
INSTEAD OF FISH, NOW NEW YORK CITY RESTAURANTS HAVE MUSHROOM AQUARIUMS?
The restaurant Mission Chinese Food is located in downtown Manhattan. It is located in an area teetering between being a run-down neighborhood and the next prime real estate opportunity for yuppies. But in a clear, blue neon box hanging overhead they are growing their own mushrooms! To read more about this cool endeavor click here!