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What Are the Different Mushroom Varieties?

There are many different types of mushrooms in Australia today. Each one has a unique flavor and texture as well as a different set of nutrients. Some of the most delicious mushrooms are even the healthiest for you. Here are some of the most popular mushrooms in Australia.

Cremini Mushrooms          

Cremini mushrooms have a mild flavor, somewhere between portobello mushrooms and white button mushrooms. They have a slight brown color and a firm texture. Their flavor is stronger than white button mushrooms, but weaker than portobello mushrooms. They also contain high levels of vitamins, such as Vitamin B, and minerals, such as selenium, potassium, and zinc. Like most mushrooms, they are low in fat, cholesterol, and carbs, making them a great addition to any meal.

Cremini Mushroom

Black Fungi Mushrooms

Out of all the mushroom varieties, black fungi mushrooms are one of the few to lack a strong flavor of their own. However, they can absorb many flavors when cooked in the right sauce or with the right meat. The main reason people cook with black fungi mushrooms is their health benefits. A popular mushroom in Japan, black fungi mushrooms have polysaccharides that are known to slow the growth of tumors. Potentially, this mushroom could slow the rate of cancer development. Black fungi mushrooms are also a great source of protein, vitamins and iron.

Portobello Mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms can be used as a meat substitute, as they have a meaty texture and taste. They also has a flavor like the cremini mushrooms, but much stronger. They are the ideal meat substitute, as they are available all year round, and do not contain the fats and cholesterol found in red meats. Mushrooms contain a high amount of dietary fiber, potassium, protein and phosphorus.

Portobello Mushrooms

White Button Mushrooms

White button mushrooms have a slightly weaker flavor when compared to cremini mushrooms. They are white in color and less mature then cremini mushrooms, meaning their flavor hasn’t reached its full potential yet. However, when they are young, white button mushrooms possess nutrients that can help prevent decrease the rate at which tumors grow. They also contain high levels of potassium, making them ideal for people with high blood pressure or a history of heart attacks.

White Button Mushrooms

Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms are so named because of their subtle oyster like flavor and texture. Not only are they a great oyster substitute for vegans, they are also a great source of antioxidants. Oyster mushrooms have high levels of ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant. They also have high levels of folic acid, Vitamin C and zinc, making them an ideal mushroom to eat when you feel a cold coming on.

Branched Oyster Mushroom

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