Fresh and savory local mushrooms
Mushrooms lend their wonderful, earthy essence to so many dishes, from stir-fries and curries to Thanksgiving stuffing and thin-crust pizza. Our Produce Department offers organically grown varieties as well as several forest-foraged favorites.
These treasures are rich in potassium, vitamin D, folate, dietary fiber and many other essential nutrients. They're also low in cholesterol and calories. Small wonder we've savored all manner of mushrooms for centuries.
Common mushroom varieties at PCC
Our selection varies with the seasons. Here are some of our most popular varieties.
Chanterelle — Local foragers supply us with this delicate, nutty, trumpet-like beauty. They range in color from bright yellow to orange. Look for plump and spongy chanterelles and avoid those with broken or shriveled caps. They are delicious as a side dish or added to other dishes.
Crimini — A favorite in omelets, stir-fries, in holiday stuffings and so much more, criminis offer a slightly more robust flavor than their white button brethren. These organic mushrooms hail from Yamhill County Mushrooms of Ore. and Monterey Mushrooms of Calif.
Maitake (a.k.a. Hen of the Woods) — Rich, nutty and visually stunning with feathered layers, this mushroom's Japanese name translates to "dancing mushroom" due to the happiness foragers feel when they discover one. These organic mushrooms come from Rain Forest Mushrooms of Eddyville, Ore. and River City Shiitake of Portland, and are delicious sauteed or grilled and added to pastas, or in any recipe that calls for "wild mushrooms."
Oyster — This fan-shaped, delicate beauty varies in color from pale gray to dark brownish-gray and imparts a robust, peppery flavor. They're commonly used in stir-fry dishes, as the cap is thin and cooks quickly. Add them late in cooking for other dishes. Rather than chop or slice, oyster mushrooms are easy to simply tear. These organic mushrooms are from Fungus and More in Granite Falls, Wash.
Portobello/Portobella — Dense and meaty, this larger, mature crimini mushroom is great on the grill, layered in a lasagna or tucked into a sandwich. These organic mushrooms hail from Yamhill County Mushrooms and Monterey Mushrooms.
Shiitake — A regular in Asian dishes, shiitakes have a deep, rich, meaty flavor. Look for plump mushrooms with edges that curl under and avoid broken or shriveled caps. These fresh, organic mushrooms hail from Tophat Mushrooms of Salem, Ore.
White Button — A versatile player in everything from soups to salads to side dishes and beyond, these fresh, organic mushrooms hail from Yamhill County Mushrooms and Monterey Mushrooms.
Mushrooms in the kitchen
You'll find plenty of mouthwatering inspiration in our recipe database.