Why it Works: Flavor Variations of Mushrooms
Mushrooms are one of the most misunderstood foods in the produce section. First, many people call them a vegetable when they are really a fungus. (A fungus gets energy from the plants they grow on rather than the sun.) It is also assumed that all mushrooms taste like the common button mushroom; in reality, their flavors vary widely. Shiitake mushrooms are slightly smoky, morels are nutty and chanterelles taste distinctly like apricots. Adding mushrooms will also enhance the flavor of your dish, as these fungi are the natural source of the flavor enhancer MSG.