cIf you’re anything like me, then you must have asked yourself this question, “Can you eat Portobello mushrooms raw?” I was bothered by this question after tasting a delicious Portobello mushroom salad one day. I tried to ask my friends about it but none of them have given me a convincing answer.
Since I am the type of person that won’t give up in getting answers, I spent a lot of time researching online. What I discovered really made me proud of myself. If you want to know the answer and more facts about Portobello mushrooms, check out the rest of the article below.
What Are Portobello Mushrooms?
Portobello mushrooms belong to the Agaricus bisporus species, along with their less mature version, the cremini mushrooms. These white button mushrooms can grow as big as four inches in diameter or even more. Due to their large size and round shape, they’re a favorite substitute for hamburgers.
Portobellos are not only tasty but they are a great source of selenium, potassium, and B vitamins. With regular consumption, you can boost your immune system, reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, and prevent heart disease. Aside from their high nutritional value, they’re low in fat and sodium, making them ideal for those who want to lose weight.
Can You Eat Portobello Mushrooms Raw?
If you mean edible, then yes, Portobello mushrooms can be eaten raw. However, if you’re concerned about your safety and health, then I don’t suggest eating them uncooked because they contain some toxic compounds. According to Dr. Wells, raw mushrooms can’t be digested well when uncooked and they have small amounts of carcinogenic compounds, like agaritine.
You can only remove these harmful compounds by cooking the mushrooms. By cooking them, you can also release essential nutrients, like B vitamins, minerals, and protein. The best ways to cook mushrooms are to broil and grill them, although you can also sauté them for good.
Selecting And Storing Portobello Mushrooms
When buying Portobello mushrooms, it is best to choose from the loose mushroom bins to evaluate them better. A good Portobello should have a solid stem and cap. Next, check the gill structure by flipping the mushroom over and choose one that is dry, not moist.
You can check some more selecting tips in this video here.
The Portobellos can be stored in a paper bag. To keep the moisture away, loosely fold the top of the bag. You can keep them fresh in the refrigerator’s crisper drawer for a maximum of seven days. If you want to store them up to one month, sauté the mushrooms and freeze them in a freezer bag.
Preparing Your Portobello Mushrooms For Cooking
Before you cook the Portobello mushrooms, clean them well by lightly wiping off the dirt or rinsing them lightly under cool water. Never soak the mushrooms because water can make them soggy. Next, remove the stem because it can taste woody.
Although you can eat the dark gills, they tend to create a black murky color to your dish so it’s advisable to remove them. You can use a spoon to scrape the dark gills as demonstrated in this video. The gills should come out easily so little pressure is needed.
Cooking Portobello Mushrooms
Portobello mushrooms are loved by vegetarians because they have a meaty texture and taste. You can cook these mushrooms by broiling, grilling, and sautéing.
To broil Portobello mushrooms, arrange them in the broiler, top side up. Cook them in the broiler for about 5-7 minutes or until they soften a bit. Turn them once and sprinkle with some salt.
Before grilling, marinate the Portobello mushrooms with olive oil, a bit of salt, some cracked black pepper, and minced garlic. You can mix all ingredients together inside a large sealable plastic bag. Seal, shake, and leave the bag in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
When you’re ready to grill, remove the mushrooms from the bag and cook each side for 5-7 minutes in a preheated grill. Flip them occasionally until cooked.
To sauté the mushrooms, heat the skillet with oil, butter, or margarine. Next, add the mushrooms into the skillet and turn frequently with a spatula to cook evenly. They’re ready to be served when they softened and have started to brown.
Try Some Portobello Mushrooms Today!
Although Portobello mushrooms are edible, they can be unsafe to your health because they contain toxins, which are deemed carcinogenic. You can remove the toxins by cooking them. To cook these mushrooms, follow these easy steps.
- Select firm, unblemished mushrooms with dry dark gills.
- Wipe the dirt or light rinse with cold water.
- Cook by grilling, sautéing, or broiling.
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