Any of various fleshy fungi of the class Basidiomycota, characteristically having an umbrella-shaped cap borne on a stalk. Mushroom is the common edible fungus of fields and meadows. Button mushroom is widely available; varies in colour from white to light brown and in size from small to jumbo stuffer; plump and dome-shaped; pleasing flavour intensifies when cooked.
Commonly used in:
Stir fries, curries, soups, stews, stocks, dips, and sauces.
Among other things, mushrooms are free of cholesterol and contain small amounts of essential amino acids and B vitamins. However, their chief worth is as a specialty food of delicate, subtle flavour and agreeable texture. The common mushroom is more than 90 percent water, less than 3 percent protein, less than 5 percent carbohydrate, less than 1 percent fat and about 1 percent mineral salts and vitamins.