Mushrooms are quite versatile and can be eaten raw or cooked depending upon the variety. Before preparing mushrooms, they should be wiped with a damp paper towel to prevent waterlogging.Mushrooms should never be washed as they can absorb water and become saturated. For cooking trim the base of the stem which joins the individual mushroom and the cluster. This area is chewy in texture and the choice of cooking technique depends upon the variety of the mushroom. Generally delicate mushrooms take lesser time to cook. Cooking softens their texture but overcooking should be avoided as they can make a mushroom wilted and mushy.