White Button Mushroom

March 16, 2014

White Button Mushroom

The white button mushroom is the most commonly consumed mushroom in the world.  It is cultivated in over 70 countries.

Not especially known for superior flavor, this mutant strain of Agaricus bisporus has been commercially cultivated since its isolation in 1926 in Pennsylvania.  All-white mushrooms were seen as a more attractive food, and the strain quickly rose in popularity.  However, strains that produce brown-tinted caps have been cultivated for over 300 years in France.

Brown variants of the button mushroom are probably better known as criminis and portobellos.

A. bisporus is native to grasslands of North America and Europe, but poisonous lookalikes exist.

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