Produce Tips: Maitake Mushrooms
Some of you might recognize Maitake mushrooms by the name “Hen of the Woods.” This hardy mushroom variety varies in color, from pure white to tan to brown to gray and it’s characterized by its large overlapping leaf-like fronds that grow in bushy clusters.
Maitakes are quite delicious and very versatile! Their meaty texture and mild flavor makes these a great for risotto, pasta and more.
Here’s some tips to keep in mind:
- Before cooking, clean them gently with a damp paper towel to remove dirt, but do not soak them.
- Since the stem is very tough only slice off the caps for cooking.
- Store fresh mushrooms in your refrigerator wrapped in a paper bag. For long term storage, chop up into pieces and store them in freezer bags in the freezer.
- These will last up-to ten days fresh.
- Avoid dry, old or mushy mushrooms.
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