Crimini mushrooms are sometimes called baby bellas, which is appropriate. However button, crimini and portabella are all part of the same family and the only real difference between them is the amount of time allowed to grow before cultivation. Criminis are a relatively inexpensive way to not only eat good food, but nutritional food as well.
These mushrooms are a great way to boost your immune system, and its no wonder with over fifteen vitamins and minerals. To many people's surprise, mushrooms are an great source of potassium. Crimini's are also loaded with Omega 6 fatty acid.
When buying crimini mushrooms, keep an eye out for dry ones. If there is any amount of slime on them then don't purchase those. Store criminis in a paper bag in the refrigerator; try to avoid wrapping them completely in plastic, as this will cause them to go bad a lot faster.
Since this variaty is low in moisture, it lends itself well to sauteeing. The ideal time on the stove is right around seven minutes. Sautee in light amount of oil, add some spinach and garlic before topping a roasted chicken breast, and have a yummy meal ready in no time. Top with some Bottled Thyme Chicken Jus for a perfect dinner.