Next month, we’re partnering up with Unionville Mushrooms to bring you a whole month of delicious mushroom dishes.
Unionville Mushrooms is a family owned and run business since its inception in 1972. With their humble mushroom farm in Stouffville, Ontario, Pasquale Calitri and his son-in-law Ralph Auciello have since worked diligently to build the name of Unionville Mushrooms to the success it is today.
Why is it important to support local farms? Well, first of all produce is fresher and gets to the end customer much quicker because it’s basically grown in their own backyard! Secondly, supporting present day farms will ensure that there will be local farms in the future.
We asked Unionville Mushrooms for some advice for new chefs cooking with mushrooms and, without missing a beat, they said: “it may seem like a lot of mushrooms when you put them in the pan, but it really isn’t! Mushrooms are 90% water so as you’re cooking, the mushrooms shrink as the water is released from them.”
For the month of November, we’ll be featuring Unionville Mushroom’s fresh abundance of mushrooms in our recipes!
Baby bellas (also known as portabellas!) are a type of cremini mushroom that’s been grown longer than usual. In season between October and March, baby bellas have an intense, meat-like flavour when cooked. Try them in our Beet Bourguignon available for delivery on November 2
Creminis are similar to white mushrooms but brown with a meaty and earthy flavour that is more intense than champignon mushrooms. Consuming cremini mushrooms produce niacin, an essential acid that reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease! Try delicious creminis in our Gluten Free Chickpea Flatbread available for delivery on November 9.
Button mushrooms contain high amounts of copper, which is necessary to produce blood cells and maintain heart health! Try your hand at cooking champignon mushrooms in our Beef Stroganoff, available for delivery on November 16!
Shiitake mushrooms have one of the strongest umami flavour kicks out of all the mushrooms. Shiitake mushrooms have a high dose of potassium – the chemical needed to lower blood pressure. Try out Shiitake mushrooms in our Steak and Himalayan Sea Salt Dish, available for delivery on November 23!
Recognized by their long, slender stems topped with tiny caps, enoki mushrooms provide mild, delicate flavour that is complimented by a slight crunch. Hailed as one of the most nutritious mushrooms, enoki mushrooms have been highly credited for their cancer-fighting properties. Cook with Enoki mushrooms in our Red Miso and Tofu Soup, available for delivery on November 30.