Receiving Information: Mushrooms should have a fresh, well shaped appearance, firm texture, and be free of spots. Size and color do not affect quality. Open veils are not a sign of poor quality. Open veils on certain varieties such as Agaricus simply indicate a more mature mushroom with a richer and deeper taste. Avoid mushrooms that show signs of deterioration, mold, or that appear slimy. Storing tips: Store mushrooms in original containers; do not store in plastic bags. Keep fresh mushrooms away from foods with strong odors. Handling tips: Handle fresh mushrooms with care to avoid bruising. Storage/Handling: Store in original container to avoid over handling wash with cool water before use. Temperature/humidity recommendation for short-term storage of 7 days or less: 32-36 degrees F. 90-98% relative humidity.
AKA: Agaricus Bisporus. Two brown colored strains developed from the common white mushroom; the Portabella and the Crimini. They are the same mushroom, the only difference is the stage to which they are allow to grow. Crimini are picked very young with closed gills, and Portobello are harvested later with full open caps. The naturally dark cap ranges in color from light tan to brown. Meaty and earthy, Portabellas are excellent when marinated then cooked, Crimini are great to saut_. Flavor is deeper, denser, and more earthy than White Agaricus. They may be used raw or cooked. Also marketed as Crimini, Baby Bellas, Golden Italian, Roman, or classic brown mushrooms.