Where do we begin with mushrooms? They run the gamut from beautiful to grotesque. They can even be magical. They have the ability to add a depth of flavor to our dishes that is otherwise unattainable. But most of us buy mushrooms at the store not really understanding the difference between the big brown ones and the tiny little white ones.
For some of us, this means that we occasionally pick up a new variety and throw it into a home-cooked dish. For others it means we just stick to what we know -- the good ol' tried-and-true white button mushroom. And while there is nothing wrong with this common mushroom, it's just, well, a bit boring at times. Now that most grocery stores have the meaty shiitake and the floral chanterelle so readily available to us, how can we not take this opportunity for some culinary exploration?
Mushrooms shouldn't be a mystery, so instead of keeping you in the dark, we're shedding some light on our fungus friends. Here's our guide to every kind of mushroom you need to know about: