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  • Dried shiitake mushrooms are a prized in Asian cooking where they can be added to anything from savory shiitake mushroom soups to spicy stir-fries. The Japanese prize this delicious and nutritious mushroom more than any other culture. In Japan, shiitake mushrooms are the most commonly eaten mushroom and the dried mushrooms are preferred by many in Japanese culture. The dried shiitake's flavor is so intense because one whole pound of fresh mushrooms has its flavors condensed down to just three ounces of high quality dried shiitake mushrooms.
  • Shiitakes are not only a delicious addition to just about any recipe, they are also a healthy one. These mushrooms are not only a source of high quality protein because they contain all essential amino acids, but shiitake also are a significant source of minerals and vitamins. Having high fiber and few calories makes these mushrooms a close to perfect food! All these dietary attributes are part of the reason the shiitake mushrooms has long been a symbol of longevity in China. In fact, a growing body of evidence show that the health benefits of eating shiitake do not end at the mushroom's nutritional benefits.

About The Shiitake Mushroom

  • dried shiitake mushroomsShiitake mushrooms are attributed with many medical properties by both eastern and western medicine. They range from reducing cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, strengthening the immune system against diseases including viral ones, fighting tumors, and improving liver function. Many of the shiitake's health benefits come from the chemical compounds these mushrooms produce, these include lentinan, eritadenine, L-ergothioneine. The idea that shiitake mushrooms might have numerous medical benefits is nothing new to Chinese herbalists who have recommended this mushroom for a wide array of ailments for thousands of years. The shiitake's reputed health benefits can only partially be explained by this mushroom's excellent nutritional content.
  • The name shiitake, pronounced she-TAH-kay, is the name these mushrooms are most commonly called in the U.S. and Japan. This name is mainly used in the U.S. because shiitake mushrooms were introduced to the North America through Japan, but originated in the forests of East Asia where they are called black mushrooms. The popularity of shiitake spread throughout Asia long ago, where it is now seen as a symbol of longevity.
  • Dried shiitake mushrooms grow on decaying hardwood in warm, humid conditions such as those found during the summer in many temperate areas. This has made them popular with amateur and commercial mushroom growers in Japan, the U.S., and around the world. Home shiitake mushroom growers can even buy mail order shiitake logs that have been injected with spores and will grow fresh mushrooms for several seasons.

 

 

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