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.
Detox Cred: Long used for healing in Asia, meaty shiitakes are one of the best foods to eat for health, boasting a special combination of antioxidants that boost immune function and lower oxidative stress in the body. Try substituting mushrooms for meat in meals -- it slashes calories and improves your well-being without leaving you hungry, according to a study in the journal Appetite.
Try crispy roasted shiitake mushrooms: top with goat cheese for an easy appetizer, serve alongside steak for a simple side dish, or grab a handful for a nutritious snack on the go. Martha made this recipe on Cooking School episode 404.