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Buy Portabella Mushrooms Online. Meaty textured mushroom, which has a large, flat, dark brown cap that grows up to 5 inches in diameter when mature. Beneath the cap, dark gills give this mushroom a distinctive appearance for identification. Also known by its scientific name, agaricus bisporus, this mushroom is delicious when grilled, broiled, or sautéed, providing a somewhat smokey or earthy flavor. When it is not fully grown, Portobello mushrooms are picked as a white round, button-shaped mushroom and referred to as Crimini, Bella or Baby Bella. As it matures, the mushroom cap and gills turn tan to dark brown and the cap becomes flat and broad in shape.
These are available from December to March. When selecting, choose those that are fresh looking and have firm, smooth caps avoiding mushrooms that are bruised, wrinkled or broken. To store, place in the refrigerator at 34ºF to 38ºF, loosely wrapped in their original container or wrapped lightly in paper towels or placed in a paper bag, but never stored in plastic. It is best to eat them as soon as possible after purchasing but if stored refrigerated, they can be kept for 7 to 10 days. When cleaning, avoid using water because it will reduce the flavor of the mushroom. Use a brush to clean sand, grit and other debris from the mushroom. If you must use water, use as little as possible and dry quickly with a paper towel.
This mushroom may also be referred to as a Portobella mushroom or as a Bella or as the smaller version, known as the Baby Bella and Crimini mushroom. Portabella mushrooms are large in size and have a rounded, flat cap that averages fifteen centimeters in diameter and is connected to a thick stem. The smooth cap ranges from dark brown to tan and is firm, thick, and spongy. Underneath the cap, there are dark brown, fleshy gills, a small ring from the cotton-like veil, and the stem is fibrous, white, and dense. When cooked, Portabella mushrooms have a memorable chewy and meaty texture and a smoky, earthy flavor.
Portabella mushrooms, botanically classified as Agaricus bisporus, are the larger, earthier, and mature version of the common mushroom that belongs to the Agaricaceae family. Also known as Portobello, Agaric cultivé, Champignon Portobello, Flat Chestnut mushroom, and the Cultivated Mushroom, Portabella mushrooms grow individually in the grass, near manure piles, and on leaf litter near conifers, especially Monterey cypress trees in the northern hemisphere. There is some debate on whether the name should be spelled Portabella or Portobello, but both versions are accepted as the name was created as a part of a large marketing campaign in the 1980s. Portabella mushrooms are one of the top cultivated varieties and are favored by both professional and home chefs for their dense, meat-like texture and rich, earthy flavor.
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Color ranges from white to light brown to dark brown
They have a deep, dense and meaty flavor.
Among the largest mushroom varieties, the head can be as big as 9 inches across
Versatile as a meat substitute, they can be enjoyed raw or cooked.