There are so many different and delicious types of mushrooms to be enjoyed, all with their own health benefits. You've probably already tried portobello and button mushrooms but what about morel or porcini mushrooms? Take a look at our top seven types of mushroom along with recipes you can use them in.
- Taste: Fruity and peppery.
- Uses: Goes well with eggs and creamy pasta sauces. Should be dry sautéed as it has a high moisture content when cooked and releases a lot of water.
- Health benefits: Very high in both potassium and vitamin D, which most people don’t have enough of in their diets. This can help to lower blood pressure whilst decreasing the risk of having a stroke.
Try this tasty pasta dish which uses chanterelles mushrooms.
- Taste: Savoury and strong.
- Uses: Perfect when sautéed with butter, in miso soup and when partnered with asparagus.
- Health benefits: Packed with vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc, as well as being high in fibre and protein. Morel’s are also loaded with antioxidants which help to balance blood sugar levels.
- Taste: Mild in flavour but with a meaty texture.
- Uses: Great substitute for meat in veggie recipes. Delicious when stuffed with cheese.
- Health benefits: Both low calorie and zero fat, plus high in numerous amounts of nutrients and vitamins including vitamin b and copper.
Try this delicious stuffed Portobello mushroom recipe.
- Taste: Rich and buttery. When dried, the flavour becomes smoky.
- Uses: Add to meat dishes, salads, stir fries, omelettes and use to enhance soups and sauces.
- Health benefits: These contain natural anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Taste: Delicate and slightly sweet flavour.
- Uses: Perfectly complements chicken, seafood and pork. Ideal for stir-fries and soups.
- Health benefits: Studies suggest that these mushrooms not only help to lower cholesterol but may also contain properties which help to shrink tumours.
Try this beef yakitori recipe which uses oyster mushrooms.
- Taste: Very subtle, earthy flavour.
- Uses: Small enough to not need chopping so ideal in stews and sauces such as bolognaise and beef bourguignon.
- Health benefits: According to research, these mushrooms may reduce the chances of developing heart disease and are also good for the immune system.
Try making this chicken and mushroom pie dish.
- Taste: Nutty and creamy. It’s generally agreed among connoisseurs to be one of the finest eating mushrooms.
- Uses: Often used in Italian cooking. Good in risottos, pastas, on pizzas and fried with a flour coating as an appetiser.
- Health benefits: These mushrooms contain B complex vitamins as well as protein, zinc and iron.
Try this mushroom soup recipe which uses porcini mushrooms.
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