What is a chestnut mushroom?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, “What is a chestnut mushroom?”. We will further talk about the shelf-life and storage conditions of chestnut mushrooms along with their nutritional profile and health benefits. 

What is a chestnut mushroom?

The Chestnut mushroom is a lovely reddish-brown mushroom that develops in big, abundant clusters. It’s a delectable culinary treat that can easily be added to any recipe. The entire mushroom, including the cap and stem, can be used, and the crisp texture remains after cooking.

How to store chestnut mushrooms?

Chestnut Mushrooms should be kept in the refrigerator’s vegetable drawer. When storing chestnut mushrooms, keep them at a temperature of 4 degrees Celsius to 7 degrees Celsius. They’ll last for at least 3 days after that. 

You can also keep Chestnut Mushrooms in a paper bag and refrigerate them for up to three days. They should not be stored in a plastic bag since they’ll sweat and degrade soon.

What do Chestnut mushrooms taste like? 

The flavor of the chestnut mushroom is a little nutty. White Mushrooms have thicker flesh than Black Mushrooms. Chestnut mushrooms, like White Mushrooms, are great in salads and pasta dishes.

What is the nutritional profile of chestnut mushrooms?

A 40 gram serving of raw chestnut mushroom contains:

  • Calories: 9 cal
  • Carbs: 1 g (2 percent of the Recommended Dietary Allowance, RDA)
  • Sugars: 1 g (2 percent of the RDA)
  • Protein: 1 g (3 percent of the RDA)
  • Fats: 0 g
  • Salt: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Riboflavin (B2): 0.196 mg (16% of the RDA)
  • Copper: 0.2 mg (15% of the RDA)
  • Biotin (B7): 4.68 µg (12% of the RDA)
  • Pantothenic Acid (B5): 0.6 mg (12% of the RDA)
  • Niacin (B3): 1.52 mg (11% of the RDA)
  • Selenium: 5.2 µg (8% of the RDA)

What are the health benefits of Chestnut mushrooms?

Chestnut mushrooms are beneficial to your cells and blood, as well as your immune system. Glutathione and ergothioneine, two possible anti-aging antioxidants, have recently been found in mushrooms. They’re tastier than their button mushroom relatives.

Furthermore, the selenium in chestnut mushrooms helps to protect your cells from free radical damage, support your immune system, and maintain regular thyroid function.

Chestnut mushrooms are also composed of niacin which aids in the production of energy, mental well-being, nervous system functioning, and the reduction of exhaustion and fatigue, as well as aiding in cancer prevention.

Pantothenic acid present in Chestnut mushrooms helps to improve mental performance, energy production, and fatigue reduction.

Riboflavin in Chestnut mushrooms aids in the production of energy, blood health, normal vision, cell protection, and fatigue reduction.

Vitamin B7 in Chestnut mushrooms is important for allowing fats, proteins, and sugars to sustain our lives, as well as contributing to our energy production and mental wellness. It may also help to reduce the risk of cancer.

Copper in Chestnut mushrooms protects your cells from free radical damage and aids in the production of energy, the immune system, and the nervous system.

How to cook chestnut mushrooms?

The best way to prepare chestnut mushrooms is to sauté them. In a frying pan, melt a little butter and fry for four to five minutes, or add to dishes 5–10 mins before the end of the cooking time. You may also microwave them after grilling, stir-frying, roasting, or poaching them.

Let’s dig into how to make Chestnut mushrooms with roasted chestnuts

Chestnut mushrooms with roasted chestnuts

Preparation Time: 5 mins

Cooking Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/4 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp ghee sub coconut oil for vegan
  • 2 medium shallots, minced
  • 16-ounce chestnut mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 sprigs thyme, leaves removed
  • 5 ounce roasted chestnuts, peeled and halved
  • 1/2 cup Madeira wine
  • 1/4 cup almond milk, or other non-dairy milk

Instructions

  1. In a spice grinder, pulse dried porcini mushrooms until a powder forms; keep aside.
  2. In a large skillet, melt ghee and sauté shallots until they begin to brown, approximately six mins. Stir in the garlic for one min.
  3. Add the mushrooms and cook for ten mins, or until the water has practically evaporated.
  4. Stir in the thyme leaves and porcini powder until the mushrooms are well coated.
  5. Simmer until the wine has been reduced by 2/3.
  6. Cook until the chestnuts are heated through and the sauces have thickened, then add the almond milk. Season with salt and pepper as per your taste.
  7. If desired, garnish with more thyme leaves.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 195 kcal
  • Carbs: 22 grams
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Fat: 9 grams
     
  • Fiber: 1 gram

Conclusion 

In this brief guide, we have provided an answer to the question, “What is a chestnut mushroom?”. We have further talked about the shelf-life and storage conditions of chestnut mushrooms along with their nutritional profile and health benefits. 

References 

https://www.checkyourfood.com/ingredients/ingredient/213/chestnut-mushrooms
https://www.fieldforest.net/category/chestnut-mushroom-spawn
https://www.cooksinfo.com/chestnut-mushrooms

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.