Mushrooms are packed with nutrients, low in calories, and just plain delicious. They boost your recipes to a new level of mega flavor and depth.

If you want to cook with mushrooms more but don’t know which ones to buy (or how to keep them from turning to brown slime in your fridge), this guide will help!

THE 5 COMMON TYPES OF MUSHROOMS ON THE MARKET

In culinary terms, we think of mushrooms as vegetables. But they are not plants! Mushrooms are members of the fungi kingdom, which also includes mold and yeast.

There are scores of edible mushrooms in the world, but only a tiny fraction of them are cultivated on a large scale. Here are the most common kinds:

  1. White mushrooms
  2. Cremini mushrooms
  3. Portobello mushrooms
  4. Shiitake mushrooms
  5. Wild mushrooms

Let’s take a closer look at each of these!

white button mushrooms on black plate

WHITE (a.k.a button or field mushrooms)

Classic! If you see only…

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