AKA Brown Mushrooms or "Baby Bellas"
Similar in appearance to white button mushrooms, crimini have a light-tan to rich brown cap and a firmer texture.
A more mature version of the white button mushroom, crimini mushrooms have a deeper savory umami flavor. Their firmer texture holds up well to high heat cooking applications, making them an excellent choice for just about any recipe. Criminis’ hearty, full-bodied taste makes them an excellent addition to beef, wild game and vegetable dishes.
Brown Mushrooms, Baby Bella Mushrooms, Cremini (alternative spelling), Swiss Brown
Flavor and texture
Crimini mushrooms have a stronger flavor and firmer texture than their white button counterparts. This full-bodied umami flavor and hearty texture sings in fresh applications like salads with a crisp satisfying bite. When cooked, the mushroom’s distinct flavor intensifies and lends a pleasant meaty texture to any range of dishes.
At the grocery store, select crimini mushrooms that are firm with a fresh, smooth appearance. The surface of the mushroom should be dry, but not dried out, and appear plump. A closed veil under the mushroom cap indicates a delicate flavor, while an open veil and exposed gills mean a richer flavor. Store mushrooms in original packaging or in a porous paper bag for prolonged shelf life. Some mushrooms may keep for up to a week in the refrigerator. Fresh mushrooms should never be frozen, but frozen sautéed mushrooms will keep for up to one month. To clean mushrooms, brush off any debris from mushrooms with fingers or a damp paper towel, or rinse briefly under running water and pat dry with a paper towel. Note that the entire mushroom is edible from cap to stem!