Introducing the Chestnut Mushroom—Your New Favorite Fall Ingredient

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As the temperatures start to cool and the leaves begin to change color, there’s one thing on everyone’s mind: fall cooking. And while there are plenty of delicious recipes to choose from, we think there’s one ingredient that deserves a little extra attention this season—the chestnut mushroom.


If you’re not familiar with chestnut mushrooms, they’re a variety of mushrooms that have a slightly nutty flavor and meaty texture. They’re perfect for savory dishes like stews and casseroles, but they’re also versatile enough to be used in sweet dishes like pies and pastries. Trust us, once you’ve tried them, you’ll be hooked!


Chestnut mushrooms are also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. They’re particularly high in vitamin B6, which is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system. So not only are chestnut mushrooms delicious, they’re good for you too!

How to Cook with Chestnut Mushrooms?

Now that you know a little bit more about chestnut mushrooms, it’s time to learn how to cook with them. Here are some of our favorite recipes:


  1. Chestnut Mushroom and Sweet Potato Soup: This soup is the perfect comfort food for a chilly autumn day. It’s hearty and filling, but still light enough so you won’t feel weighed down. Plus, it’s easy to make—just throw all of the ingredients into a pot and let it simmer until everything is cooked through!


  1. Vegan Chestnut Mushroom Pot Pie: This pot pie is packed full of veggies, making it a great option if you’re trying to eat more plant-based meals. It’s also surprisingly easy to make—the dough is made from scratch, but you can use store-bought pastry dough if you’re short on time. Either way, we guarantee it’ll be delicious!


  1. Braised Chestnut Mushrooms: These braised mushrooms make a great side dish or appetizer. They’re cooked in white wine and garlic, so they’re bursting with flavor. And they only take 30 minutes to make, so they’re perfect for busy weeknights!


  1. Mushroom Risotto with Chestnuts: This risotto is rich and creamy, thanks to the addition of chestnuts. It’s the perfect main course for a special occasion dinner party!

What Are Chestnut Mushrooms Good For?

There are several benefits of chestnut mushrooms. As I mentioned before, they’re an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. They’re also low in calories and fat, making them a great choice if you’re trying to watch your weight. Additionally, chestnut mushrooms are a good source of fiber, which is important for digestive health. Above it all, they are tasty, so you can easily incorporate them into your diet!

Should You Wash Chestnut Mushrooms?

Yes, you should always wash mushrooms before cooking with them. This helps to remove any dirt or debris that may be on the surface. To wash mushrooms, simply rinse them under cool water and then pat them dry with a paper towel.

Can Chestnut Mushrooms Be Eaten Raw?

Yes, chestnut mushrooms can be eaten raw. However, they may have a slightly bitter taste if they’re not cooked properly. If you’re going to eat them raw, it’s best to slice them thin and then marinate them in an acidic liquid, like lemon juice or vinegar, for at least 30 minutes. This will help to soften the mushrooms and remove any bitterness.

When Are Chestnut Mushrooms in Season?

In the United States, chestnut mushrooms are typically in season from October through December. However, they may be available year-round in some areas. If you’re unsure whether or not they’re in season, it’s best to check with your local grocery store or farmers market. When you pick up some chestnut mushrooms, make sure to look for ones that are firm and have a uniform color. Avoid mushrooms that are shriveled or have spots of discoloration.

Are Chestnut Mushrooms and Brown Mushrooms the Same?

No, chestnut mushrooms and brown mushrooms are not the same. Chestnut mushrooms are a variety of mushroom that is native to Europe, while brown mushrooms are a type of cultivated mushroom. Brown mushrooms can be found year-round, but chestnut mushrooms are only in season for a few months out of the year. Additionally, chestnut mushrooms have a slightly sweeter taste than brown mushrooms.

Chestnut Mushrooms vs Oyster Mushrooms: What Are the Key Differences?

As you probably know, I’m a big fan of oyster mushrooms, so I just had to try and compare chestnut and oyster mushrooms. I hope you will find it helpful.

Here is a comparison table of these two amazing mushrooms:

Oyster Mushroom Chestnut Mushroom
Scientific Name Pleurotus ostreatus Agaricus bisporus
Size Can vary in size Larger in size than oyster mushrooms
Flavor Mild, delicate taste Slightly nutty flavor
Texture delicate texture Somewhat meaty, more firm than oyster mushrooms
Growing Conditions Grown on trees Can be found growing on logs or leaves, as well as on trees
Common Uses Light salads or stir-fries, soups or sauces Hearty soups or stews, risottos, braised dishes
Availability May be available year-round in some areas October through December in the United States, but may be available year-round in some areas


As you can see, there are a few key differences between chestnut mushrooms and oyster mushrooms. When deciding which mushroom to use in your cooking, it’s important to consider the size, flavor, and texture of each type. Additionally, keep in mind how mushrooms are typically used in recipes. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide which mushroom you prefer and how you want to use it in your cooking!


Eyal Rozen

Eyal Rozen

I found out about Oyster Mushrooms completely by chance and immediately fell in love.
Since then I grew up mushrooms by myself, experimented with different recipes and combinations that I had to share. That's what this blog is about.

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I found out about Oyster Mushrooms completely by chance and immediately fell in love.
Since then I experimented with different recipes and combinations that I had to share. That’s what this blog is about.

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