Portobello mushroom facts

Portobello is a relative of crimini. It has tan or brown caps which measures up to six inches in diameter. The flat cap has gills on underside. The thick white stem is edible. It possesses rich, meat-like texture as well as flavor. They’re now grown in the United States, and nearly worldwide.

Name Portobello mushroom
Scientific Name Agaricus bisporus
Native Grasslands in North America and Europe.
Common/English Name Immature and white: Common mushroom, White mushroom, Button mushroom, Table mushroom, Cultivated mushroom and Champignon mushroom.
Immature and brown: Swiss brown mushroom, Italian brown, Roman brown mushroom, Cremini or Crimini mushroom, Italian mushroom, Chestnut mushroom and Brown cap mushroom.
Mature: Portobello,  Portobello mushroom
Plant Growth Habit Found in fields and grassy areas
Fruit shape & size Across/ Diameter: 6 inches
Fruit color Dark brown
Cap Broad, open, flat scales, hemispherical shape, grey-brown, Diameter: 5–10 centimeters (2–4 inches)
Gills Narrow, crowded, pink and red-brown initially which turns to dark brown accompanying  a whitish edge
Stipe (Stem) Cylindrical; Height: 6 cm (2 1/3 inch), Width: 1–2 cm, Thick: 1.5-2.5 cm; bears narrow and thick ring on upper side; White bruised to brown and smooth
Flesh White, firm, stains brownish when bruised
Spore Oval – round, elliptical, smooth, 4.5–5.5 μm × 5–7.5 μm
Spore print Dark brown
Basidia Two spored
Flavor/aroma Strong
Fruit Taste Pleasant
Season Late spring to autumn
Major Nutritions (Grilled) Copper, Cu 0.471 mg (52.33%)
Selenium, Se 26.5 µg (48.18%)
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 7.569 mg (47.31%)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.488 mg (37.54%)
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) 1.527 mg (30.54%)
Valine 0.496 g (23.48%)
Phosphorus, P 163 mg (23.29%)
Tryptophan 0.054 g (12.27%)
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 0.148 mg (11.38%)
Potassium, K 529 mg (11.26%)
Health Benefits
  • Prevent Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Proper growth
  • Antioxidant action
  • Cures pellagra
  • Maintains energy levels
  • Cardiovascular function
  • Detoxify body
  • Cures anemia
  • Healthy heart
  • Digestive health
Calories in 1 cup (121 gm) Grilled 35 Kcal.
How to Eat
  • Portobello mushroom is grilled and added to sandwich or cut into thick slices which are used in salads.
  • The grilled or roasted mushroom goes well with T-bones and burgers.
  • The sautéed Portobello mushroom are added to pastas, pizzas, soups, stews, rice dishes and others.
  • It could be paired with fresh herbs, leafy greens, cheese, tomato, garlic and onions.
  • It could be grilled, broiled and roasted as well.
  • The sliced Portobellos are used as toppings for pizza.
  • The marinated or sautéed Portobellos are served as a side dish.
  • The grilled, broiled or roasted Portabellos are served as entrees, appetizers or side dishes.
Other Facts The world production of Portabello is one million ton annually.


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