ABOUT WHITE BUTTON MUSHROOMS
white button mushrooms . Well, think again! This ordinary species, Agaricus bisporus, is one of the most commonly grown mushrooms throughout the world. It’s eaten by millions of people every day. And with a little culinary flair, it’s anything but boring.
There are some great reasons not to pass by this mushroom in the grocery store. They’re relatively inexpensive, easy to find, have a great taste, and they’re harder to mangle in a recipe than the delicate chanterelle or delicious morel.
There’s more to this species than meets the eye! In this article I’ll cover cooking and eating them, where to get and how to grow them, and some fun button facts. Also, do you know the difference between the button mushroom, cremini mushroom, and portobello? Find out here!
Flavor & Texture
- Blends well with most ingredients
- Flavor intensifies when cooked
Preparation & Uses
- Sauté, cook almost any way or eat raw
- Try white buttons sliced and sautéed on pizza, in pasta, on quesadillas or cheeseburgers
5 medium mushrooms (90 g):
- 20 calories
- 0 g of fat
- 3 g of carbohydrate
- 3 g of protein (2.6)
- 0.18 mcg of vitamin D
- 23.6 mcg of vitamin D (UV-exposed white button mushrooms)
MUSHROOMS VS HEALTH
Scientists at City of Hope were some of the first to discover that mushrooms could suppress growth of breast cancer and prostate cancer cells in cell cultures and in animals. City of Hope researchers have conducted a small clinical trial in patients with prostate cancer. In addition, mushrooms provide ergothioneine, a naturally occurring antioxidant that may help protect the body’s cells.
Antioxidants and Immunity
Mushrooms are the leading source of the antioxidant nutrient selenium in the produce aisle. Antioxidants, like selenium, protect body cells from damage that might lead to chronic diseases and help to strengthen the immune system, as well. In addition, mushrooms provide ergothioneine, a naturally occurring antioxidant that may help protect the body’s cells.
Mushrooms are hearty and filling. Preliminary research suggests increasing intake of low-energy-dense foods (meaning few calories given the volume of food), specifically mushrooms, in place of high-energy-dense foods, like lean ground beef, can be helpful with weight management as they promote daily energy by limiting fat intake and leaving you full and satiated after a meal.
Sodium and Saturated Fat
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages healthy dietary patterns that are low in saturated fat and sodium. Mushrooms are fat-free and low in sodium. Mushrooms’ inherent umami counterbalances saltiness and allows for less salt to be used in recipes.