When I decided to choose mushrooms for One Ingredient, Five Ways, I got curious to see just how many different types of them were out there. So I started digging and found a crazy range (from 12,000-15,000), with one source even claiming 38,000. So…since we can’t get down to exacts, let’s just say there are lots for now. I know that mushrooms aren’t always the most handsome fellas in the produce isle, and sometimes they’re downright dirty (literally covered with it). But they do have awesome nutritional value – a great source of potassium, for one.
My friend Mel is the ultimate mushroom hater. And when she told me recently that she wanted to give plant-based eating a try, she also warned me that the poor ‘shroom was on her no-no list. So this post is dedicated to her, whether she likes it or not. Because all those Chanterelles, Oysters, Creminis, Buttons, and Shiitakes…they want to be your friend, Mel. Like, so bad.
PS: So, there’s a proper way to clean a portobello. Who knew? Love this tutorial on Yum Universe.