Crimini mushrooms are quite simply brown “cousins” of the familiar white button mushroom. They are closer to the original wild version, the “meadow mushroom,” and have a flavor similar to white mushrooms, yet stronger and more robust – much like whole wheat bread tastes compared to white bread. The crimini mushroom is also the young or “baby” stage of the full-bodied portabella mushroom. If the crimini is allowed to mature it will grow much larger and open up to become a portabella!
The crimini can be used in any recipe that calls for white mushrooms, bringing a more distinctive mushroom flavor to the dish. They are especially suitable to shish-kabobs, stews, pasta and pizzas. Crimini can also be added raw or sautéed to tossed salads. The brown color of the crimini extends only to the outer skin; the inside is white and the profile slice is identical to a white mushroom. Due to their lower cost, crimini can be an economical way to extend other specialty mushrooms in dishes without compromising appearance or flavor.
Retail customers, look for our fresh and dried mushrooms and spring greens in Minnesota and the Midwest at Coborn’s, Cashwise, Cub Foods, Whole Foods Markets and Kowalski’s Markets.
You can also buy dried mushrooms through our online shop. We offer 14 varieties of mushrooms, four blends, and porcini and portabella powders. Shipping is free on $75 orders. Visit our online shop here.