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Types of edible mushrooms

Mushrooms are great flavourings for your dishes. There are many kinds that you can use to enhance the taste and aroma of foods that you are cooking.

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But, bear in mind that not all mushrooms are edible. If you are out foraging and are not sure if a mushroom is edible, then do not touch it. Do not eat raw, decaying or parasol-like mushrooms.

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However, when you have edible mushrooms that you can use for cooking, then you can churn out fantastic mouth-watering meals. Portobello is one type of mushroom that is popular in the kitchen. It has a great taste and is commonly used in Italian cooking. Portobello is used in pastas and makes a great substitute for meats.

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However, when you have edible mushrooms that you can use for cooking, then you can churn out fantastic mouth-watering meals. Portobello is one type of mushroom that is popular in the kitchen. It has a great taste and is commonly used in Italian cooking. Portobello is used in pastas and makes a great substitute for meats.

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White button mushrooms are commonly used in a lot of dishes from seafood to meat. They are usually cultivated or farmed so they are available all year round. Although they are less intense than other types of mushrooms, it is this characteristic that makes them appealing for a lot of dishes such as pastas, pizzas and soups.

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Oyster mushrooms are also known by different names such as pleurotte or abalone mushroom. These mushrooms have a delicate flavour and are often used in many stir-fried dishes.

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Shiitake is known by other names such as as hen of the woods or sheep's head. Most of the shiitake mushrooms that you will find in the markets are probably cultivated. They are distinct for their woodsy smell and taste. Use them in fish, pasta or meat dishes.

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Shiitake is known by other names such as as hen of the woods or sheep's head. Most of the shiitake mushrooms that you will find in the markets are probably cultivated. They are distinct for their woodsy smell and taste. Use them in fish, pasta or meat dishes.

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Creminis are essentially young portobellos. They have a more intense taste than their cousins, the white button mushrooms.

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Trompette de la mort or black chanterelle is a woodland mushroom that grows in the wild. It is usually harvested during the summer and you can also get them dried. This mushroom is expensive, but is great for soups, stews, poultry and pasta.

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Porcinis or cepes are highly prized and sought after for their aromatic and woodsy taste. They are plucked in the wild although it is probably easier to find dried porcinis than the fresh ones.

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Porcinis or cepes are highly prized and sought after for their aromatic and woodsy taste. They are plucked in the wild although it is probably easier to find dried porcinis than the fresh ones.

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