About Shiitake
Shiitake Mushrooms, also called Chinese Forest Mushrooms, Golden Oak Mushrooms, Oriental Black Mushrooms or Emperors Mushrooms. Shiitake are native to Japan, China and Korea and have long been used for their medicinal and nutritional properties. The name Shiitake is derived from the Japanese "Shii"- the tree that these delicious mushrooms naturally grow on, and "Take"- which means mushroom. Directly translated from Chinese and Korean- this mushroom is known as "Fragrant Mushroom".

Taste Profile
Shiitake have a smooth and spongy texture. Their unique flavour has been described as woody, meaty and smoky. However you choose to describe it, there is no denying that these mushrooms are a great addition to any meal. Shiitake are great on their own but are also great to enhance the flavour of other foods. They are the perfect companion for meats, veggies, seafood, poultry and even other mushrooms.

How to Serve
Shitake are a delight in pasta, soups, appetizers, entrées and supplementary dishes. Most commonly they are use in stir-fries and other Asian cuisine.

Storage
Once you have harvested your Shiitake, you can store them in the fridge or in a paper bag, for up to a week.

Nutritional and Medicinal Properties
Shiitake are a great source of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B3, B6 and B2 as well as copper, potassium, zinc and iron. This makes it an excellent meat substitute for vegetarians and vegans. Shiitake are also an excellent source of fibre and protein. From a medicinal point of view, studies have shown Shiitake to have the following benefits:

  • They reduce cholesterol.
  • They protect against cardiovascular disease.
  • They strengthen the immune system.
  • They reduce high blood pressure.


  • Looking After Your Shiitake Log
    Detailed care and setup and care instructions come with your Shiitake Mushroom Factory but here are the basic conditions that will ensure that your Shiitake Mushroom Factory thrives.

    Temperature
    Shiitake are happy with temperatures between 17C
    and 25C.

    Light
    Your Shiitake likes the same environment as a low-light indoor plant - natural day / night cycle and no direct sunlight.

    Humidity
    As with all mushrooms, a large percentage of the shiitake is water. For this reason remember to keep the humidity of your log up by misting as often as possible. Once your log starts pinning, be sure to increase your watering so that it doesn't dry out.

    Happy growing and happy eating!