Mushrooms (H)

Nothing conjures up the flavour of autumn better than mushrooms. Here's all you need to know about these woodland wonders.

1 Choose

Although cultivated mushrooms are available all year round, wild varieties peak during autumn – so make the most of them while you can.

2 Store

To keep your mushrooms fresher for longer at home, remove any plastic packaging and wrap in brown paper. Keep chilled until ready to cook.

3 Clean

Mushrooms are around 90 per cent water, so a little rinse won’t affect their texture or flavour. Alternatively, use a small, soft brush to remove dirt.

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A good all-rounder, the brown-coloured chestnut mushroom has a rich, earthy flavour and deliciously meaty texture. Enjoy it blanched in salads, fried in butter and garlic on toast, or with a juicy steak. 

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One of the most common mushroom varieties, the little white button is available all year round. It has a mild flavour and pleasingly firm texture, plus it requires little prep – simply cook it whole in a hearty stew, such as beef bourguignon, or vegetable curry.

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Grown in Ireland exclusively for Tesco, this sweet, nutty mushroom is great for everyday cooking. It has a firm texture, which holds its shape well during cooking, plus the colour doesn’t run, making it ideal in creamy sauces. Try it with chicken or in a full-English.

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This truly seasonal, aromatic mushroom grows – weather permitting – in Scotland from August to October. It has an attractive orange-yellow fluted cap with a solid stem, a meaty texture and slightly peppery flavour. Try using it whole in pasta, risotto and sauces.

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Native to Asia, but also grown in the UK, this mushroom has a small, woody white stem and an uneven brown cap. It has an intense umami flavour that adds delicious depth and richness to a range of oriental-inspired dishes, from warming broths to stir-fries.

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Creamy white enoki grows in bouquet- style clusters with thread-like stalks and tiny, circular caps. It has a sweet, fruity flavour and requires little cooking time. Try it in Asian-style soups and fish dishes, or use as a pretty garnish.


Make the most of mushrooms this autumn and rustle up the gorgeous, warming Chicken and mushroom ramen.

As featured in Tesco Magazine October 2015.

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