Can you eat "baby Bella" mushrooms raw?
Baby bellas can be eaten raw or cooked.
Baby bella mushrooms are an alternative name for Italian portobello mushrooms. Known formally by the Mushroom Council as portabella mushrooms, baby bellas are cremini mushrooms that have been allowed to develop for up to seven days longer than commercial creminis.
Baby bellas are cholesterol-free, low-fat and a rich source of essential vitamins and minerals that can enhance your health and help prevent disease. These nutrients include niacin, selenium, copper and pantothenic acid. In season amid December and March, baby bellas have an intense, meat-like flavor when cooked. Try them broiled, roasted, grilled or sauteed.
Italians have a love of mushrooms. They have for generations. During autumn in Emilia-Romagna and Piemonte, local gatherers and foragers scour the alpine valleys picking edible fungi with a Zen-like deliberateness. Markets in Emilia-Romagna display baskets upon baskets of hundreds of varieties of mushroom from porcini to morels to chanterelles. You would be less likely to find shiitake in Bologna's Mercato di Mezzo. Find out more here.