6. Oyster Mushroom: This robust mushroom with, of course, an oyster-like shape, is also esteemed for its medicinal properties (e.g. cholesterol reduction). It’s dense, chewy texture will blend nicely with rice and avocados in a salad. In Season: Spring and fall.
7. Porcini Mushroom : Sometimes called the “king” of mushrooms, the porcini, or cepe, is nutty and meaty with a distinctive aroma. Puts the mushroom in mushroom ragout. In Season: August to November.
8. Portobello : Prized for its immense nutritional and medicinal properties, the mighty portobello is also a popular meat substitute. Grilling really brings out its hearty flavor.
9. Shiitake: Sami Grover will do the honors for this one: “Shiitake are a nutritious, protein rich food with an incredibly meaty texture. And given the fact that we could all do with eating less meat, anything that satisfies our craving for flesh without the death of an animal can only be a good thing.” Make shiitake one of the three mushrooms in Three-mushroom miso soup.
10. Wood Ear: Yep, wood ear mushrooms can look like ears growing out of a tree but listen up: they also may act as an anticoagulant to thin the blood. Popular in Asian cooking, this thick-skinned mushroom adds texture and flavor to a sweet and sour soup.
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