In Season: Almost all mushrooms available at supermarkets are cultivated, not wild, and are available year-round. The most common varieties of cultivated mushroom are mild-tasting white button, flavorful cremini, earthy portobello, and savory shiitake.What to Look For: Look for firm, smooth, and dry caps. Avoid damp, pitted, or dried-out mushrooms.How to Store: Refrigerate loose mushrooms (unrinsed) in a paper bag, and containers of mushrooms in their original package. Use within a few days of purchase.
Portobello mushrooms are a nutritious and satisfying alternative to burgers made with beef or turkey. Here they are accompanied by a spread of pureed cannellini beans for added protein -- and flavor. To clean the mushroom caps, wipe them with a damp paper towel; do not rinse or soak, or they will remain soggy even after cooking.
This recipe is featured in the "Power Foods" cookbook.