Portobello mushroom is the mature variety of the edible common mushroom. Agaricus Bisporus is the botanical name of Portobello mushroom; it is also commonly referred to as Portobella or Portabello. Portabella is the spelling officially used by the Mushroom Council.
Description of Portobello Mushrooms
A Portobello Mushroom grows about 4 to 6 inches in diameter and is brown in color. The gills are colored dark brown or black. The young common mushroom is called a baby Portobello. When the cap of the baby Portobello widens and its color intensifies to a darker brown it is said to have matured and then referred to as Portobello Mushrooms. Portobello Mushrooms have a meaty flavor and are commonly referred to as the Vegetarian meat in the US.
Although Portobello Mushroom is native to the Americas and Europe, it is grown around the world. There are many theories suggesting how Portobello Mushrooms got their name, however, none have been officially recognized.
Cooking Portobello Mushrooms
Portobello Mushrooms do not take much time to cook. Baking, grilling, sauteing and roasting are a few ways of cooking Portobello Mushrooms. Most Portobello Mushroom recipes suggest sautÃ©ing them to release the moisture. Grilled Portobello Mushroom recipes are popularly cooked during vegetarian barbeque sessions due to its meaty flavor. Portobello Mushrooms are also used to make stir fries and as sandwich/ burger toppings.
Nutritional Value of Portobello Mushrooms
Portobello Mushrooms are rich in Vitamins and are very low on calories as they have high water content. Such varieties of mushrooms are also believed to be antioxidants and help prevent breast cancer.