What are button mushrooms?

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Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine
Button mushrooms generally look like tiny umbrellas, having a dense parasol-like cap attached to a stem that can be short and thick or thin and slightly curvy. There are three different types of button mushrooms -- white mushrooms, crimini mushrooms, and Portobello mushrooms -- all of which share the same scientific name, Agaricus bisporus. The white mushroom, the most common type, is the cream-colored mushroom that often adorns salads and is usually one to three inches across. It has a mild earthy flavor with a meaty texture. The crimini mushroom, which looks just like the button but is coffee colored, features a more distinctive and stronger flavor. The Portobello mushroom, whose large size, up to 8 inches across, and meaty flavor make it a wonderful vegetarian entre, is actually an overgrown crimini mushroom.

Button mushrooms are grown on straw-based compost in a controlled environment that is kept warm, moist, and dark, as well as free of other fungi that may parasitize the mushrooms.
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