I don’t know about you, but for me if there were one food product that certainly seems dichotomous to qualify with the organic designation, it’s mushrooms. Of course, anyone with any measure of knowledge about what foodstuffs labeled with the green USDA organic seal entails knows it has nothing to do with whether a food is actually an edible fungi, such as some mushrooms are; rather, it has everything to do with how a food is grown. Still, organic mushrooms just rings funny to me for some reason. Following is a review of Phillips Gourmet Organic Mushrooms.
When I think gourmet mushrooms I think of the Shiitake or Portabella mushrooms, not the Criminis used for this review. Crimini mushrooms are very similar to the ubiquitous white button mushrooms in every grocer’s produce section, only Criminis are tan to brown in color and have a more intense flavor-perfect for one of your Italian dishes.
The standard smaller 8 OZ. package was used for this review, and purchased at Wegmans. While I’m no bon vivant of edible agaric (mushrooms), what I do know about Phillips Gourmet Organic Mushrooms is what most everyone wants to know and be assured of when selecting fresh produce; it needs to be fresh, well-priced, and among a few select other particulars, it needs to taste good.
First one first; Phillips Mushroom Farms picks its Crimini mushrooms while they’re still closed, with the veil covering the gills. Ok, that says something about how fresh they are, but says nothing about how long it takes to get the fleshy fungi to market. However, if the package used for this review is any indicator of all of Phillips’ mushrooms and their freshness, they’re plenty fresh. Besides, mushrooms are one the easiest produce to see and feel how fresh they are; are there blemishes beyond the normal small blemishes found on many mushrooms; do they feel squishy to the touch or are they firm; and, are the caps dry yet not dried?
Secondly, again, the package of Phillips Gourmet Organic (Crimini) Mushrooms used for this review was purchased from Wegmans, and was comparatively nicely priced. In fact, if you keep your eye out, sometimes you can find organic produce priced equal to or less than conventionally-grown, pesticide-laced produce.
Finally, the taste was wonderful; again, constituting a more intense flavor than white button mushrooms, yet not so intense so as to dominate the dish.
Located in what is touted as the mushroom capital of the world, Kennett Square, PA, Phillips Mushroom Farm is the largest grower of speciality mushrooms in the United States. It’s mushrooms are certified organic by the much-respected Pennsylvania Certified Organic.
From the Phillips Organic Mushroom packaging: “For three generations the Phillips Family has been committed to growing superior mushrooms for the fresh market; so that we may better serve our customers, that commitment has now been extended to Organic Specialty Mushrooms. All of our organic mushrooms are grown in environmentally controlled cultivation rooms to ensure that our customers receives top quality organic mushrooms, grown in accordance with the USDA national organic standards.”
In conclusion, if the foodie in you has mushroomed from reading this review of these wonderful Phillips Gourmet Organic (Crimini) Mushrooms and you want to go mushrooming now at your local grocer, then by all means my job is done. Look for the Phillips Gourmet line of mushrooms; Crimini mushrooms certainly don’t cap off all of what is offered in the way of edible agaric by Phillips Mushroom Farms. Let the gastronome in you roam!