White Button Mushrooms
White button mushrooms are one of the most popular and widely cultivated variety of mushroom in the United States and Canada. Their versatility is endless as they are an ideal ingredient that can be used across a variety of cuisines and dayparts. Low-calorie, yet nutrient-dense, white mushroom offers a subtle flavor and enjoyable texture while delivering many health and wellness benefits.
Including just 85 g of white button mushrooms on pizza, in casseroles, salads, soups, omelets or blended into tacos, lasagna or meatballs can increase the intake of micronutrients, including shortfall nutrients such as potassium and fiber, without increasing calories, sodium or fat1. Mushrooms have also been linked to improved cardiovascular health2, weight management3, immune system support4 and improved quality of life5.
While some people choose to eat white mushrooms because of their health benefits most opt for white mushrooms because of personal preference and availability. In fact, white buttons represent 90% of the mushrooms consumed in the United States and Canada.
Although its scientific name is Agaricus Bisporus, this variety may be routinely called white button mushroom, champignon mushroom, or simply button mushrooms. They may range from bright white to off-white and have smooth, closed caps and relatively short stems.
A white mushroom provides an enjoyable mild taste that works seamlessly within a wide range of culinary applications. To preserve your fresh mushrooms store them in a paper bag in the refrigerator for up to one week to maintain the delicious flavor and texture.
Health Benefits of White Mushrooms
One of the primary benefits of including white mushrooms in your daily diet involves a low-calorie to high-nutrition value. Mushrooms, in general, tend to have an enviable dietary ratio. Despite being fat free and low in calories, mushrooms do contain a wide range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that play a key role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
White Mushroom Nutritional Profile
They might look simple, but mushrooms have a lot going for them. This is how one serving (90g) of white button mushrooms stack up nutritionally:
- 20 Calories
- 3 Grams of Carbohydrates
- 3 Grams of Protein
- 1 Gram of Dietary Fiber
- 0 Fat
- 0 Sodium
- 0 Cholesterol
- 0 Sugar
One serving (5 medium-sized white mushrooms) are an excellent source of the B vitamins riboflavin (28%), niacin (20%), pantothenic acid (27%) and contain minerals copper (32%) and potassium (6%).
White button mushrooms also contain antioxidants selenium (15%) and ergothioneine (2.8 mg), which are believed to protect cells from damage and reduce chronic disease and inflammation.
The white mushroom has an unmatched ability to blend into dishes or stand out as the star ingredient. We see it on both simple and exotic dishes. But white mushroom flavor automatically increases, becoming more rich, savory and intense when cooked. That makes it a priority ingredient with a long list of culinary uses. Try white mushrooms raw in salads, sautéed or roasted in pasta, on pizza, and as an ingredient in any main dish, from vegan to surf and turf.
These are just some of our favorite and most popular white button mushroom recipes.
- Sautéed and Smothered over Burgers
- Sliced and Integrated into Quesadillas
- Finely Chopped and Blended into Ground Meat Dishes
- Integrated into Stuffing Recipes
- Diced and Included in Fine Appetizers
- Slow-Cooked in Soups and Gravy
- Stuffed and Baked with Butter
- Coated and Deep Fried as Side Dishes
The wide range of innovative culinary applications is endless. Those are reasons why the white mushroom remains a go-to food resource in restaurants ranging from fast-causal to fine dining, and home-cooked meals.