Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are scientifically known as Letinula Edodes

It is widely used in Asian cuisine especially the Chinese and the Tibetan cuisine. Shiitake mushrooms are looked upon in high regards due to their medicinal properties. These mushrooms are also known as Öakwood Mushrooms””or “Black Forest mushrooms”. These mushrooms have robust and pungent flavour. They are popular for their meaty texture and their superb flavour. These mushrooms can be grown on logs or on saw dust. Log grown mushrooms are more popular due to their nutritive value. Shiitake mushrooms derive their name from a Japanese tree (Castanopis Cuspidata). The word Take means mushroom in Japanese. The literal translation of shiitake is “mushroom that grows on dead logs”. Oldest record regarding the existence of these mushrooms dates back to 199 A.D. these mushrooms were used in food served for the Japanese emperor chuai. These mushrooms are native to china, Korea and Japan. These mushrooms have been cultivated for more than 1000 years.

Shiitake Mushroom

Shiitake mushrooms have a woody appearance. They are dark brownish in colour and are found abundantly in forests. These mushrooms grow well on oak wood and elm trees. Shiitake mushrooms can be preserved by sun drying them. Fresh and dried varieties of shiitake mushrooms are popular across the globe. Dried mushrooms have longer shelf life as the drying eliminates water content in them.

Shiitake Mushrooms Health Benefits

Shiitake mushrooms are used in various cuisines and medicines. These mushrooms are known to have high amount of potassium. Consumption of these mushrooms helps to build immunity.

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