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White Mushrooms

Whites-ChosenAltGiorgio’s white mushrooms are nutritious with riboflavin, ergothienine, low fat, low sodium. White mushrooms are the best selling variety of mushrooms in the US. They vary in color from white to off white or tan color. We package white mushrooms in bulk cases from 3 lbs to 10 lbs, and in sizes ranging from Small or button (0.75-1.25” diameter) to jumbo (2.75-3.5” in diameter). Another name for white mushrooms is the “button mushroom”. That can be confusing since button mushroom is sometimes also used to describe a size as noted above.

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Crimini/Baby Bellas

TMG-Baby-Bellas-4Giorgio’s Crimini mushrooms, also called baby bellas or browns,  are nutritious with riboflavin, ergothienine, low in fat and sodium. Crimini mushrooms are the second best selling variety of mushrooms in the US. They vary in color from tan to brown. They are picked while they are still closed, with their veil covering the gill surface. We package baby bella mushrooms in retail sizes from 6 oz to 24 oz, and in sizes ranging from small or button (0.750-1.25”) to large (2.25-2.75”).

Small/Button 0.75-1.25”
Medium 1.25-1.75”
Silver Dollar 1.75-2.25”
Large 2.25-2.75”

Crimini mushrooms (agaricus bisporus)

Flavor
Crimini mushrooms have an earthier, more intense flavor than white mushrooms.  They can usually be substituted for any recipe calling for white mushrooms, and blend well with almost anything. Their flavor intensifies when cooked.

Preparation
Crimini mushrooms can be sautéed or cooked any way or enjoyed raw in salads.

Uses
Try them sliced and sautéed on pizza, in pasta, on quesadillas, or cheeseburgers.

Nutrition
The focus on the nutritional value of brightly colored fruits and vegetables has unintentionally left mushrooms in the dark. Mushrooms provide a number of nutrients. A serving of 4-5 white mushrooms provides 18 calories, 0 grams of fat and 3 grams of carbohydrates, yet is a good source of the antioxidant selenium, the B vitamins riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid; and copper. And mushrooms have close to 300 mg of potassium per serving, an important nutrient that many Americans do not get enough of.  White mushrooms also contain 2.8 mg of the antioxidant ergothienine and 15 IU of vitamin D.

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Portabella Mushrooms

4_Sliced_and_Whole_Portabellas_on_white_background-sizedGiorgio’s Portabella Mushrooms are the largest of the commercially available mushrooms and have a rich, robust mushroom taste and a texture that has been compared to a fine filet mignon. Portabellas are actually a more mature crimini with an open veil.

We package portabella mushrooms in retail sizes from 6 oz to 14 oz. We also offer a line of stuffed portabellas with three different fillings:

  1. Cheese and imitation bacon
  2. Imitation crab
  3. Artichokes and spinach

Flavor
Portabella Mushrooms have an robust, more intense flavor than white or crimini mushrooms.  Their flavor intensifies when cooked.

Preparation
Portabella mushrooms can be grilled, sautéed, or cooked in other fashions.

Uses
Try them sliced and sautéed on pizza, in pasta, on quesadillas, or cheeseburgers.

Nutrition
The focus on the nutritional value of brightly colored fruits and vegetables has unintentionally left mushrooms in the dark. Mushrooms provide a number of nutrients. A serving of 4-5 white mushrooms provides 18 calories, 0 grams of fat and 3 grams of carbohydrates, yet is a good source of the antioxidant selenium, the B vitamins riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid; and copper. And mushrooms have close to 300 mg of potassium per serving, an important nutrient that many Americans do not get enough of.  White mushrooms also contain 2.8 mg of the antioxidant ergothienine and 15 IU of vitamin D.

Portabella Mushroom Caps
Giorgio offers retail packs of whole portabella caps in different sizes and case weights with and without Vitamin D enhancement.

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Exotic Mushrooms

Exotic-Medley-4oz-in-Till_altGiorgio’s Exotic Mushrooms are available in a wide variety of types. Among the varieties that we offer are:

  • Shiitake
  • Oyster
  • Maitake
  • Royal Trumpets
  • Enoki
  • Variety Packs

Shiitake
These tan to dark brown mushrooms are also called “Oak,” “Chinese” or “Black Forest” mushrooms. They have umbrella-shaped caps. They are woodsy in flavor and best when thoroughly cooked. The stems tend to be woody and should be removed before cooking. However they can be added to stocks for flavor intensity.

Oyster
Named for their oyster-shell shape, these delicate velvety mushrooms come in shades of beige, yellow, cream and gray. They are more fragile than most other mushrooms, so should be used shortly after purchase and added to dishes at the end of the cooking time.

Royal Trumpet
Also called “King Oyster”" these light brown trumpet-shaped caps resting on tender white stems.

Maitake
Also called “Hen-of-the-Woods” or “Dancing Mushrooms,” these medium brown, ruffled mushrooms are aromatic and have a rich, woodsy taste. Just trim a sliver off the very bottom before cooking.

Enoki
These creamy-white clustered miniature mushrooms are mild in flavor, slightly crisp in texture and very easy to use. Just trim off the base and add the raw caps and stems to salads and sandwiches or arrange as a garnish on cooked foods. To retain their crisp texture, they should not be heated.

Beech
Beech mushrooms are small with white or light brown caps, have a crunchy texture and a mild sweet flavor. They should be added to foods just before the dish is finished cooking in order to maintain their crispness.

We package exotic mushrooms in various retail sizes from 2.5 oz to 4 oz.

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Dried Mushrooms

Untitled-1Giorgio’s Dried Mushrooms are available in the following varieties (listed alphabetically):

  • Black Trumpet
  • Chanterelle
  • Lobster
  • Morel
  • Oyster
  • Paddy Straw
  • Porcini
  • Portabella
  • Shiitake Sliced
  • Shiitake Whole
  • Soup Blend
  • Stir Fry
  • Wood Ear

Experience a variety of delicious flavors by experimenting with dried gourmet mushrooms. They can be substituted for fresh mushrooms in most recipes where mushrooms are cooked – 1 oz dried mushrooms is approximately equivalent to 8 oz fresh mushrooms.

To reconstitute dried mushrooms, we recommend the following steps:

  1. Blanch in boiling water, stock, or wine for 2 – 5 minutes, or soak for 30 minutes in warm liquid.
  2. Strain reconstituted mushrooms through a coffee filter, reserving flavorful liquid.
  3. Gently rise under cold water, and pat dry.
  4. Reserved liquid may be added to recipe as needed to achieve desired consistency and intensity of mushroom flavor.
  5. NEVER EAT DRIED MUSHROOMS RAW.
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