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Get to Know Chester County's Top Crop — Mushrooms
A feature from the 2022 Farm Prodcuts Guide.
- The area around Kennett Square, PA has the largest concentration of mushrooms farms in the country. Nearly two-thirds of all mushroom production occurs in Southeastern PA.
- Mushrooms double in size every 24 hours.
- Mushrooms are 90% water.
- Mushrooms are grown in the dark, year-round, in buildings called mushroom houses.
- The most popular mushroom variety grown in the U.S. is white button, followed by crimini (brown or baby bellas), portabellas, enoki, oyster, maitake and shiitake.
- Store mushrooms in original packaging or in a porous paper bag for prolonged shelf life.
- To clean mushrooms, brush off any debris with fingers or a damp paper towel, or rinse briefly and pat dry with a paper towel.
- One Portabella mushroom has more Potassium than 1 medium banana.
- Mushrooms are low in calories and sodium, and fat, cholesterol and gluten-free.
- Mushrooms are the leading source of the antioxidant nutrient selenium in the produce aisle.
- Mushrooms are the only source of vitamin D in the produce aisle and one of the few non-fortified food sources. Vitamin D helps build and maintain strong bones by helping the body absorb calcium.
Source: American Mushroom Institute
Classic Blended Burger
Mushrooms and beef are important — and delicious — Chester County farm products. This blended burger recipe from The Mushroom Council celebrates the best of both worlds. Mushrooms add extra moisture, nutrients and umami flavor without any added fat or cholesterol for a delicious burger experience.
- 8 ounces of your favorite mushroom variety, finely chopped (suggested: crimini or white button)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4-6 buns
- Sauté the chopped mushrooms and let briefly cool.
- Add chopped mushrooms, ground meat and salt into a large bowl and mix until combined. Form into 4-5 large patties or 6 smaller patties.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook burger patties approximately 4 minutes per side, or to your preferred level of doneness. Remove burger patties from heat and toast buns in the same skillet.
- Assemble burgers with your favorite toppings and condiments.