Kitchen Myths

Facts and fiction about food and cooking, by Peter Aitken

Aside from the color, cremini mushrooms are no different from the white ones

Your taste buds will give the lie to this myth. The brown cremini have a deeper and more mushroomy flavor than the white mushrooms. Choose based on the needs of your recipe.

On a related note, did you know that portobello mushrooms are nothing more than large creminis?

One response to “Aside from the color, cremini mushrooms are no different from the white ones

  1. Colin Gore November 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    They are the same species, Agaricus bisporus, but harvested at different stages of maturity. Brown are further along, eventually reaching the size and shape of what you know as portobello.

    And yes, the flavor changes with maturity. They taste relatively similar, however, when you taste them next to other species of ‘shrooms.

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