3 Reasons Why You Should Always Keep Mushroom Stems

Mushroom stems
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From cleaning to cooking mushrooms, there are many dilemmas surrounding this tasty veggie, and one of the biggest concerns their stems. Some people throw them away, while others prefer keeping them, and here are three facts that will help you pick your side in the mushroom stem debate.

Edible and Tasty

There’s no need to throw mushroom stems away because most of them happen to be edible. Crimini, portobello, white and brown mushrooms are some of the most popular types of mushrooms with edible stems, but the list goes on. Certain types of mushrooms, such as shiitake, have tough and woody stems that aren’t so tasty, but they’re also 100% safe.

No Food Waste

Since mushroom stems happen to be edible, you’re just creating food waste by throwing them away. They can take up to 50% of the weight of your mushrooms, so you’re also wasting money, in addition to reducing the nutritional value of your mushrooms.

Countless Options

If you’re throwing away your mushroom stems because you’re not sure what to do with them, you’ll be happy to hear they’re incredibly versatile. You can use them in everything from soups and stir-fries to omelets and sandwiches and some people even go so far as to pickle them.