Mushrooms Canada

Varieties & Taste

Choose from 7 great varieties of fresh Canadian mushrooms for a variety of tastes, textures, colours and sizes.

White "Button" mushrooms

The most popular mushroom in Canada. White mushrooms are available in three different sizes; small "buttons", medium and large "jumbo". The colour of the white mushroom may vary from bright white to an off-white.

How to Purchase: Can be purchased in bulk, cello-wrapped trays, sliced, or triple-rinsed.
Taste Profile: Woodsy flavour becomes stronger with cooking.
How to Serve: Serve in soups, salads, appetizers, and entrées; a great side dish with any meal.
Storage: Keep white mushrooms refrigerated in a paper bag for up to 5 days.
White Mushrooms

Crimini "Brown" mushrooms

Similar to the white mushroom in shape and size but firmer to the touch. The colour ranges from light tan to dark brown.

How to Purchase: Can be purchased in bulk and cello-wrapped trays.
Taste Profile: Meaty and earthy flavour, more intense than the white mushroom.
How to Serve: Can be eaten raw or cooked. They make a great substitute for white mushrooms. Fantastic in salads, soups and entrées.
Storage: Keep Crimini mushrooms refrigerated in a paper bag for up to 5 days.
brown cremini mushrooms

Portabella Mushrooms (Portabellini)

Portabellas are fully-grown brown mushrooms, with a large, light tan cap. Portabellas are the largest of all domestic mushrooms.

How to Purchase: Can be purchased in bulk, cello-wrapped trays, and sliced.
Taste Profile: Since they are grown to a large size, Portabella mushrooms lose some moisture, giving them a meaty texture and earthy taste.
How to Serve: Can be grilled, baked, or deep-fried, are great as an appetizer, side dish or entrée. Because of their natural meatiness, Portabella mushrooms are great meat substitutes with no fat, sodium, or cholesterol.
Storage: Keep Portabella mushrooms refrigerated in a paper bag for up to 7 days.
Portabella Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms have a large, fleshy, brown cap, 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm.) in diameter. They are tan to dark brown in colour, with open veil and tan gills.

How to Purchase: Can be purchased fresh in bulk and cello-wrapped trays.
Taste Profile: Shiitakes have a soft, spongy quality, producing a woodsy, meaty flavour and texture when cooked.
How to Serve: This mushroom is most commonly used in stir-fry, and pasta meals. Shiitake mushrooms are often used in Asian cultures because of the belief that they have medicinal properties.
Storage: Keep Shiitake mushrooms refrigerated in a paper bag for up to 8 days.
Shiitake Mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms have a light to dark brown, funnel-shaped cap, ranging in size from 1 to 4 in. (2.5 to 10 cm.), with whitish- yellow gills running up a short off-center stem.

How to Purchase: Can be purchased fresh in bulk and cello-wrapped trays.
Taste Profile: Oyster mushrooms have a delicate, mild flavour with a velvety texture. Can be eaten raw or cooked.
How to Serve: Its texture makes it a great compliment to chicken, seafood, and pork.
Storage: Keep Oyster mushrooms refrigerated in a paper bag for up to 5 days.
Oyster mushrooms

Enoki mushrooms

Enoki mushrooms have long, slender white stems with tiny, firm caps.

How to Purchase: Can be purchased in cell-wrapped trays and vacuum-sealed packs.
Taste Profile: This mushroom has a mild, delicate flavour that is complimented by a slight crunch.
How to Serve: Enoki mushrooms can be eaten raw or cooked. They are commonly used in Asian cooking but are also excellent in salads, sandwiches, soups, and pasta sauces.
Storage: Keep Enoki mushrooms refrigerated in a paper bag for up to 8 days.
Enoki mushrooms

King Oyster mushrooms

King oyster mushrooms have a light tan cap with a thick white stem.

How to Purchase: Can be purchased in cello-wrapped trays.
Taste Profile: This stout, thick fleshed mushroom is pleasantly chewy top to bottom and has the advantage of remaining firm when cooked. The flavour contains a delicate taste of woodsy and sweet.
How to Serve: Rinse lightly in cool water and pat dry just before cooking. Slice the whole mushroom depending on your preference. Adapts well in French, Italian, Mediterranean and Chinese cuisines. It stands up to sauteing, stir-frying, and grilling, becoming golden brown and nicely crisp.
Storage: Keep king oyster mushroom refrigerated in a paper bag for up to 8 days.
King Oyster Mushrooms