Our beloved crimini mushrooms (same family as button and portabella) have been shown to exhibit immune system-boosting properties and anti-inflammatory benefits just as much, if not more than, their exotic counterparts (ex: shitake). These fungi are also proving to be superstars for women who are at risk of hormone-dependent breast cancer due to their conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) content. Crimini mushrooms provide measurable amounts of vitamin D, a vitamin many of us are deficient in due to our constant shielding from the sun and the limited foods in which vitamin D is available. Vitamin D is essential in bone health among its many roles in the prevention of various diseases. Mushrooms act like sponges and are able to soak up a great deal of water. When cleaning, use minimal water by simply wiping them with a damp paper towel. Stem and caps are both safe to consume.
Crimini mushrooms are best when brown in color, firm to touch and plump. Avoid wrinkled mushrooms or ones that have wet, slimy spots.
Calcium 1.6% Iron 1.9%
Vitamin D 0.7% Vitamin E 0.0%
Vitamin K 0.0% Thiamin 5.5%
Riboflavin 25.1% Niacin 16.5%
Vitamin B-6 4.8% Folate 5.4%
Vitamin B-12 1.5% Panto. acid 13.1%
Phosphorus 10.4% Magnesium 2.0%
Zinc 6.4% Selenium 32.3%
Copper 21.8% Manganese 6.2%