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Day of the Mushroom: Types of mushrooms and recipes

All hail mushrooms

Who knew there was a holiday dedicated to fungi? April 16 is Day of the Mushroom in select foodie circles (pretty  much any group that loves food-centric holidays and can't get enough mushrooms) so we've got a list of different types of mushrooms for you to forage and find ways to include in your vegan menus.

Types of mushrooms

  • White button mushrooms -- the most familiar of fungi, these mushrooms have a mild flavor that intensifies when cooked.
  • Brown cremini mushrooms -- related to the white button, these mushrooms are darker in color and denser in flavor.
  • Portobello mushrooms -- a perfect vegan substitute for animal-based burgers, portobellos have a meaty flavor and texture.
  • Shiitake mushrooms -- these wild mushrooms have frilly umbrella caps and a meaty texture when cooked.
  • Oyster mushrooms -- considered the most graceful of the mushrooms, oyster mushrooms have fluted caps, a velvety texture and a mild flavor.
  • Enoki mushrooms -- these tiny-capped mushrooms which grow in clusters and have fragile, long stems, are best eaten raw as a garnish for salads, soups or Asian-inspired dishes.
  • Porcini mushrooms -- these fungi are one of the most sought-after wild mushrooms, boasting a meaty texture and lovely flavor.
  • Chanterelle mushrooms -- these flavorful mushrooms are frilly and lily-shaped and have a unique flavor with hints of apricot and almond.
  • Morel mushrooms -- available in yellow and black varieties, morels are characterized by nutty, earthy flavors with honeycomb crevices which are perfect for sauces.
  • Truffle mushrooms -- ah, truffles, the most expensive mushroom, possess a powerful flavor, a little of which goes a long way. (We love truffle olive oils because they lend truffle scent and flavor sans the steep price.)

Day of the Mushroom recipes

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