5 Stir-fry essential mushrooms
We’ve chosen five of the tastiest mushrooms best-suited to throw in a stir-fry. These mushrooms give a simple veggie stir-fry a nice 'meaty' texture. Have you tried any of these five?
King Oyster Mushrooms
King Oyster Mushrooms are found in the Mediterranean and used predominately in Asian cuisine. Also referred to as the King Eryngii, these mushrooms are well-known for their delicious meaty texture and distinctive Umami flavour.
Where to find the King Oyster Mushrooms? Most major supermarkets, such as Waitrose and ASDA.
Chestnut Mushrooms are similar to white button mushrooms, the only difference being that latter grows lighter than the chestnut mushrooms distinctive brown colour and tan-coloured cap. A member of the Agaricus family of mushrooms, chestnut mushrooms are grown in the UK.
Where to find the Chestnut Mushrooms? Most major supermarkets, such as Morrisons and Sainsbury's.
Like the king oyster mushroom, Shiitake Mushrooms have a unique Umami taste and meaty texture. Also known for their rich and earthy flavour, these mushrooms are grown on fallen logs found in the mountain regions of Japan, Korea, and China. Shiitake Mushrooms have great health benefits, providing a highest amount of natural copper (supporting a healthy immune system, blood vessels, and bones).
Where to find the Shiitake Mushrooms? Most major supermarkets, such as Sainsbury's and Ocado.
Grown in the UK, Oyster mushrooms are known mostly for their velvety texture and strong health benefits. There are 40 types of oyster mushrooms, all edible and used in pasta and stir-fry dishes to add a savoury, rich flavour.
Where to find the Oyster Mushroom? Most major supermarkets, such as M&S and Tesco.
Straw mushrooms range in appearance but all have a tender, smooth texture and earthy, musky flavour. Native to China, straw mushrooms grow wild in Asia and are cultivated across Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, and Eastern Europe. Straw mushrooms are known as a great source of copper.
Where to find the Straw Mushroom? Usually sold in cans and can be found at most Asian Oriental grocers.