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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
  • Gluten-Free

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.

Culinary Applications

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.

White Button Mushrooms FAQs

While the white mushroom ranks among the top choices of home chefs, restaurants, and food-producing companies, some confusion still exists. The following frequently asked questions about white mushrooms should help clear up any confusion, miscommunications or myths.

Q: Can you eat the stems of white button mushrooms?
A: Yes. The stems and caps of a white button mushroom are edible.
Q: How long do white mushrooms keep?
A: A whole white mushroom typically lasts for up to 10 days in a refrigerator. Sliced mushrooms usually keep for 7 days.
Q: Are white mushrooms and button mushrooms the same?
A: Yes. It’s like calling a carbonated beverage “soda” or “pop.”
Q: Should you wash white button mushrooms?
A: Because mushrooms absorb water, it’s essential to rinse them right before eating.
Q: Do you need to peel white mushrooms?
A: A white mushroom does not need to be peeled in any fashion. They can be diced, chopped, or eaten whole.
Q: Can fresh white mushrooms be frozen?
A: Yes, white button mushrooms can be frozen, however, they should be cooked and cooled first. When you are ready to use them, pop them directly into your pot or pan and allow them to come to temperature.

 

Sources:

1 Agarwal S, Fulgoni III V, Modeling the Nutritional Impact of Adding Mushrooms to USDA Food Patterns, Current Developments in Nutrition, Volume 4, Issue Supplement_2, June 2020, Page 501, https://doi.org/10.1093/cdn/nzaa046_001

2 Lee DH, Yang M, Giovannucci EL, Sun Q, Chavarro JE. Mushroom consumption, biomarkers, and risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes: a prospective cohort study of US women and men. Am J Clin Nutr. 2019 Sep 1;110(3):666-674. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqz057. PMID: 31172167; PMCID: PMC6736198.

3 Cheskin LJ, Davis LM, Lipsky LM, Mitola AH, Lycan T, Mitchell V, Mickle B, Adkins E. Lack of energy compensation over 4 days when white button mushrooms are substituted for beef. Appetite. 2008:51;50-57.

4 https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/immunity. Written in March 2016 by: Giana Angelo, Ph.D. Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University. Reviewed in February 2017 by: Catherine Field, Ph.D. Professor of Nutrition, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta.

5 Valverde ME, Hernández-Pérez T, and Octavio Paredes-López O. Review article Edible mushrooms: Improving human health and promoting quality life. International Journal of Microbiology 2015, https://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/376387. Open Access.

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