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6 Varieties, Recipes and Fungi Facts to Celebrate Mushroom Month

It’s our favorite month of the year: Mushroom Month! To celebrate, here are a few fungi facts to remember why we have “mushroom” in our hearts for nature’s hidden treasure:

  • Mushrooms are full of umami – the fifth basic taste after sweet, salty, bitter and sour. Umami is derived from the Japanese word meaning “delicious.”
  • From crunchy enoki to meaty portobellos, mushroom varieties offer a range of flavors and textures.
  • Mushrooms are the only source of vitamin D in the produce aisle. One serving of UV-exposed crimini mushrooms can provide you with 1086 IU of vitamin D.
  • All mushrooms deliver beneficial nutrients such as copper, selenium and B vitamins, but did you know that different mushroom varieties offer different health benefits?
  • Mushrooms are gentle on the planet: Up to one million pounds of mushrooms can be grown on just one acre of land.
  • Mushrooms + Meat = The Blend – one of the easiest ways you can make your favorite meals more delicious, nutritious and sustainable.

What’s your favorite mushroom variety and recipe? The six recipes below each feature a different variety – try them all this Mushroom Month!

LIVE ‘Shroom Cam for Mushroom Month


This National Mushroom Month, we’re opening the gates to one of our mushroom farms to show you how mushrooms are grown. Visit ShroomCam.com to watch the mysterious mushroom growing process in action!

6 Recipes for Mushroom Month

Olive and Feta Stuffed Mushrooms

Olive and Feta Stuffed Mushrooms
Use white button mushrooms, hummus and olives to create umami-packed stuffed mushrooms.

Mexican Mushroom Meatball Soup

Mexican Mushroom Meatball Soup
Blend crimini mushrooms with beef and pork to create savory meatballs in this hearty, full-bodied Mexican-inspired soup.

Grilled Portobello Burger

Grilled Portobello Burgers
Portobello mushroom burgers are marinated in a homemade barbecue spice mix and grilled until tender.

Beef and Maitake Mushroom Meatball Burger with Tomato Butter Sauce

Beef and Maitake Mushroom Meatball Burger
This blended burger combines maitake mushrooms with ground beef and bacon, smothered in buttery tomato sauce.

Enoki Miso Soup

Enoki Miso Noodle Soup
Keep it simple and delicious with this no-fuss, 6-ingredient enoki mushroom and noodle soup.

Beef, Shiitake and Snow Pea Stir Fry

Beef, Shiitake and Snow Pea Stir Fry
Dinner is served with this easy Asian stir-fry that combines shiitakes, steak and snow peas.

Dinner Dilemmas Solved with ‘Shrooms

Mushrooms make dinner easy in these family-friendly recipes.

School is back in session and fall schedules are hectic! From carpool to homework, soccer practice to ballet, who has time to enjoy family dinner when you are being pulled in so many different directions? Solve your dinner dilemmas with mushrooms.

The Blend, or the act of combining mushrooms with meat, is one guaranteed way to get nutritious vegetables on the dinner table in a quick, easy and tasty way. If you only have minutes to get dinner on the table, prep the blended mushroom and meat mixture ahead of time and store it in the fridge (up to 1-2 days*) until ready to use. This is one simple way to incorporate low-calorie, low-sodium mushrooms into all of your dinner favorites – from burgers and tacos, to spaghetti and sloppy joes.

*Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Family-friendly recipes to add to the dinner menu:

Mushroom Pizza Rolls

Mushroom Pizza Rolls
These easy vegetarian pizza rolls make for an extra fun dinner! Store rolls up to four days in the refrigerator, then reheat in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds or enjoy cold/room temperature.

Turkey Mushroom BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Turkey & Mushroom BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
A blend of lean ground turkey and white button mushrooms creates a hearty filling in sloppy joes or to top on tender sweet potatoes. Skip the oven and simply microwave the potatoes until tender for an extra quick dinner.

Classic Blended Burger

Classic Blended Burger
Give the family what they want with this scrumptious burger. Mushrooms boost the juicy, umami flavor as well as vitamins and nutrients. Win-win.

Mushroom and Beef Tacos
Add a flavorful twist to taco night by blending half the beef with finely chopped mushrooms. Put out everyone’s favorite toppings for a fun DIY taco bar!

Blended Chili & Macaroni
This beef and mushroom chili is quick, easy and kid-approved. Add in elbow macaroni for a delicious, one-pot meal.

Mushroom Steak Sandwich with Cheese Whiz

Mushroom “Steak” Sandwich with Whiz
Mushrooms have a “meaty” texture and are a great alternative to beef in this creative and tasty take on the traditional steak sandwich.

Upgrade Your Picnic Table with Mushrooms

Make ‘shroom for mushrooms at your picnic table this summer! From meaty main courses to savory sides, mushrooms’ inherent umami adds a punch of flavor to all of your favorite summertime recipes. Upgrade a classic potato salad by mixing in tender white button mushrooms, or make your burgers even better by blending your favorite mushroom variety with your favorite protein.

Did you know that mushrooms are the only non-animal food source of vitamin D? After soaking up some rays (UV-B) post-harvest, the portabella variety delivers 94% of your daily value of Vitamin D. That’s in one serving! They also are an excellent source of selenium (22%DV) and contain 9% potassium. Bonus: mushrooms are low in fat and calories – helping you maintain a healthy diet all summer long.

Use the summertime mushroom recipes below to begin planning your next backyard bbq!

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Summertime Mushroom Recipes

Mushroom and Chive Potato Salad
Add a twist to your usual picnic side dishes! This mayo-free potato salad is dressed in a mustard and chive vinaigrette and filled with tender mushrooms.

Blended Bison and Mushroom Burgers
Watching your waistline? This burger blends lean bison with low calorie white button mushrooms. Swap the bun for a lettuce wrap to make it carb-free!

Marinated Mushroom 7-Layer Salad
Savor the flavors of summer produce by combining crisp veggies and meaty mushrooms for a refreshing and tangy twist on a classic.

Veal Mushroom Slider
The sliders may be bite-sized, but they’re bursting with flavor! Blend finely chopped mushrooms with ground veal and simple seasons, then top with rich caramelized onions and more mushrooms.

Grilled Portobello Burgers with Garlic Mayo
These vegetarian portobello burgers are loaded with sweet grilled red onions and savory garlic-chive mayo. Cook them on the grill to add a delicious bit of char.

Blenditarian Bacon Honey Bourbon Chicken Meatballs

Bacon Honey Bourbon Chicken Meatballs
You had us at bacon. Turn up the sweetness on your summer appetizers with chicken, bacon and button mushroom blended meatballs.

Stab, skewer and stack your summer ‘shrooms

Your backyard barbecues just got a whole lot tastier thanks to these summer mushroom recipes.

It’s time to go fork free: this summer, we are all about putting mushrooms on a stick! Kabobs are the perfect appetizer or entrée for summer entertaining. Hosting a backyard bbq? Set out skewers and let guests mix-and-match their grillables by layering flavorful mushrooms, fresh veggies and marinated meats.

Meat lovers know that steak and mushrooms pair deliciously, but try a “lighter” take by blending mushrooms with beef for a delicious blended kefta kabob. Peppers, onions and tomatoes are also tried-and-true stackables, but try this new flavor combo: teriyaki-basted portabellas with pineapple. Whatever you stack, make sure mushrooms are in the mix!

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Summer Mushroom Recipes

Steak, Potato and Mushroom Kebabs

Steak, Potato and Mushroom Kabobs
Keep it classic with marinated steak, mushroom and potato kabobs. White buttons are the perfect variety for the skewer as they hold up well on the grill and take on the flavor of the marinade.

Teriyaki Portabella Mushroom Kabobs

Teriyaki Portabella Mushroom Kabobs
Combine tangy teriyaki sauce, sweet, juicy pineapples and meaty mushrooms in this delicious meatless kabob recipe – perfect for an afternoon of backyard entertaining.

Blended Beef-Mushroom Kefta Kebob

Easy Mushroom Kefta Kabob
Embrace your inner blenditarian this summer with Middle Eastern keftas that combine juicy minced beef with crimini mushrooms.

Grilled Mushroom Kabobs
Stack up your skewer with fresh mushrooms and other summertime veggies for a meat-free kabob packed with flavor.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Mushrooms

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Mushrooms
Beat the heat and step away from the stovetop. Slow cooked, bbq-marinated mushrooms make summer apps a breeze: set out toothpicks and let guests grab and go!

Japanese Chicken Pork Mushroom Blended Meatballs Ponzu Glaze

Japanese Blended Meatballs with Ponzu Glaze
These chicken-pork-mushroom blended meatballs are perfect for a crowd. Serve with a caramelized ponzu glaze for some seriously savory bites!

Meaty Mushrooms Star in Wiz Kid’s Philly

Wiz Kid is the brainchild of Rich Landau, chef and owner of trendy restaurants V Street and Vedge in Philadelphia. We recently had the chance to sit down and chat with Chef Rich about his new fast-casual restaurant and his star “crowd stunner” menu item: the Wiz Kid Philly. The best part? He swapped traditional steak for juicy, meaty mushrooms.

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What inspired you to open a fast-casual restaurant?

“People don’t have time for fancy, white tablecloth, hour-long lunches anymore. In fact, some might be lucky to even have a half hour for lunch these days. Fast casual is being defined as the new American cuisine, because people want something that is healthy, delicious and fair priced, that they can take on the go.”

Why did you decide to swap mushrooms for meat in the Wiz Kid Philly?

“We wanted to use something that is completely fresh and whole. There aren’t many, if any, other vegetables that can mimic the taste of meat quite like mushrooms. When treated right, mushrooms are delicious, meaty and smoky. Portabellas are one of the best food products – they’re a real ‘knife & fork’ food. A knife won’t glide through any other food like it does through a portabella.”

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What is your favorite mushroom variety?

“While portabellas are great to have on hand because of their versatility, my favorite variety is the maitake. They’re the next big thing. They have a very distinct ‘mushroomy’ flavor – which is a good thing! They’re just a beautiful mushroom. I love the difference in texture and the variety of flavor. When grilled, the tops get crunchy, crackly and caramelized, while the base stays thick and meaty.”

What is your go-to mushroom dish?

“Right now, probably the Philly from Wiz Kid. It’s just such a crowd stunner, and it’s great to see peoples’ reactions when they try it. They wonder why they have been eating meat all this time when they could be eating mushrooms!”

What has been the reaction to Wiz Kid so far?

“So far, the reaction has been stellar. I’ve had the sandwich recipe in my back pocket for a few years now, and I finally had the opportunity to showcase it. We’re super thrilled about it.”

If you live in Philly, we encourage you to try the famous Wiz Kid Philly for yourself, check out Wiz Kid’s satellite location in Whole Foods, and stay tuned for Wiz Kid’s 19th street location – opening soon!