How do I determine freshness?

Like other fresh produce, you should look for the following: 

  • Resilience (less wrinkles on the caps)
  •  Color of stems (no browning) 
  •  No foul odor

By Mushroom type:

  • Bunashimeji: Caps and stems have no shrinkage and are resilient.
  • Bunapi: Pure white overall, have stems that have no shrinkage, and are resilient. 
  • King Trumpet: No wrinkles on caps and are resilient with white stems.
  • Maitake: Caps are not wet, resilient, and have no shrinkage.