Mushrooms are a special kind of fungus. They are delicious and packed with nutrients such as protein, B vitamins, iron and selenium, and are a versatile ingredient perfect for adding earthy, savoury flavours to your autumn eats. Here are our tips for how to buy and store them.
HOW TO BUY
Almost all mushrooms that are available at supermarkets are cultivated, not wild, and are readily available all year-round. The most common varieties are portobello, shitake, king brown and white button mushrooms. With a growing number of Farmers Markets operating in inner-city areas, more varieties are becoming readily available. Keep an eye out for morels, oyster and enoki.
When buying mushrooms look for firm, smooth, and dry caps. Avoid damp, blemished, or dried out mushrooms.
HOW TO STORE
Store your mushrooms loose, in the fridge in a paper bag with plenty of ventilation. Use within a few days of purchase.