Questions from You: Can you eat mushrooms raw?

Q: Is that true you should not eat raw mushrooms?

A: All fresh Canadian mushrooms, that you have purchased at your grocery store or local market are safe to eat raw or cooked. Whites, crimini, enokis and portabellas can be eaten raw with dips or in salads. You may want to removed the stem from criminis and portabellas as they can sometimes be hard to chew. You should also trim the bottom of the enokis, and give all mushrooms a quick rinse in cold water before use. The more exotic mushrooms like shiitake, oyster and king oyster are best when eaten cooked. It is a matter of taste and texture; these mushrooms have a better mouthfeel and flavour when cooked.

Lastly there are many other health related reasons to include raw or cooked fresh mushroom in your diet which include Boosting Immunity, Managing Weight, and Breast & Prostate Cancer.

What’s your favourite way to enjoy mushrooms? Raw? Sauteed? BBQ’d?

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  • Suzie Ridler July 7, 2011  

    Definitely want to have those shiitakes cooked! I love them and eat them all the time but always cooked. I have never seen them served raw ever.

  • Mushrooms Canada July 7, 2011  

    @ Suzie – Agreed! don't think that I have ever seen them served raw either… lightly sauteed maybe, but never raw.