Looking for different types of edible mushrooms? There are wide varieties of black trumpet mushrooms, chanterelle mushrooms and all other types of mushrooms. So, the list will be too long. Instead, we are providing you with a list containing pros and cons of the top 6 delicious and healthy types of mushrooms. Mushrooms are high in vitamins and fiber and fat- and cholesterol-free at the same time. Meat-like heft and texture, and versatility of mushroom make it popular all across the world. Here is your list:

Crimini Mushroom

This type of edible mushroom is also known as golden Italian mushrooms, Cremini, brown mushrooms and Cremini. This mushroom is firmer and darker. Its flavor is better than other types of mushrooms such as white button mushroom. Actually, Crimini mushroom is the cousin of the white button mushroom.

Health benefits:

  • Low calories
  • Plenty of dietary fiber
  • Great source of Vitamin D, zinc and iron
  • Improves metabolism
  • Improves fertility
  • Reduces Estrogen Dominance

White Button Mushroom

Also known as able mushroom, this is the most common type of mushroom and it has the mildest-taste. More than 90% of edible mushrooms we eat are the different varieties of the white button mushroom. However, it is not as flavorful as other types of mushrooms. You can eat it raw or cook. White button mushrooms are used in salads and soups. It often goes on pizzas as well.

Health benefits:

  • Low calories
  • Contains essential protein and amino acids
  • High in mineral, vitamins, and fiber
  • Beneficial for bone growth and calcium metabolism
  • Great source of copper, selenium, zinc, phosphorus, and potassium

Portobello Mushroom

This mushroom is also known by other names including field mushroom, portobello and open cap mushroom. It is an excellent meat substitute. Rich, dense portobellos are used in pastas and sauces. Portobello mushroom is widely used in Italian cooking. Small and young Portobello mushroom is also known as criminis. Portobello mushroom is also known for its meaty texture.

Health benefits:

  • Lowers risk of cancer
  • Contains natural anti-inflammatories and antioxidants
  • Good substitute for meat
  • Great source of B vitamins
  • Great source of copper and selenium

Chanterelle Mushroom

chanterelle mushroom is also known as egg mushroom, this trumpet-like mushroom has depression in the center of the cap. This is the most popular type of mushroom widely used in European, French and Austrian cuisines. This mushroom is described to have an apricot-like scent. Chanterelle mushroom is golden-hued, fleshy and firm.

Health benefits:

  • Has anti-cancer properties
  • Helps in platelet accumulation   
  • Lower levels of bad cholesterol
  • Have antioxidant properties
  • Helps in brain function and DNA synthesis
  • Great source of Vitamin D2
  • Improves liver function
  • Great source of potassium
  • Helps in the production of tissues

Shiitake Mushroom

This mushroom is also known as forest mushroom, black mushrooms, and golden oak. This wild mushroom is being cultivated these days. You can easily identify this mushroom with its umbrella-shaped brown caps. This mushroom has woodsy aroma and flavor.

Health benefits:

  • Fights obesity
  • Supports immune function
  • Destroys cancer cells
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Contains antimicrobial properties
  • Boosts energy and brain function
  • Provides Vitamin D
  • Promotes skin health

Black Trumpet Mushroom

This mushroom is also known as black chanterelle, horn of plenty and trumped of dead. This rich mushroom has a smoky flavor.

Some other most popular types of mushroom are:

  • Maitake Mushroom
  • Oyster Mushroom
  • Enoki Mushroom
  • Beech Mushroom
  • King Trumpet Mushroom
  • Hedgehog Mushroom
  • Morel Mushroom
  • Porcino Mushroom (Porcini, Pl.)


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