8 Types of Mushrooms and their Uses

Beech Mushroom

Named after the beech trees they grow on, these mushrooms have a sweet nutty flavor when cooked but taste bitter when raw. They are often used in dishes like soy and ginger steamed fish.

Black Trumpet Mushroom

This cone-shaped fungus is rich and smoky with hints of black truffle when dried. Commonly found in late summer in the Midwest and eastern US, they grow all winter in the West.

Button Mushroom

As the most common type of mushroom found in grocery stores, button mushrooms are mild in flavor and versatile in use. They can be eaten raw or cooked and work well in soups, salads, pizzas, and stuffed dishes.

Chanterelle Mushroom

Known for their trumpet-like shape and apricot-like scent, chanterelle mushrooms are golden-hued, fleshy, and firm. They are difficult to cultivate and are typically foraged in the wild. Found in European cuisines

Crimini Mushroom

Also known as "baby bellas," crimini mushrooms are darker and firmer than white button mushrooms but smaller and younger than portobellos. They can be sautéed, added to soups, or included in grain bowls to provide a crunchy texture.

Enoki Mushroom

Featuring small, shiny white caps attached to thin, long stems, enoki mushrooms have a mild flavor and distinctive crunch. They are commonly used raw in dishes like hot pot or ramen bowls.

Hedgehog Mushroom

With a sweet smell and taste, hedgehog mushrooms are crunchy, nutty, and meaty, similar to chanterelles. They are found on the West Coast of the United States in winter and are often added to stir-fries for their unique flavor.

King Oyster Mushroom

Also known by various names such as king trumpet mushroom or trumpet royale, these mushrooms have a thick stem with a meaty texture and earthy flavor. They can be sliced into planks for sandwiches, skewered for grilling