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".
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.
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.
Shiitake are happy with temperatures between 17C
Your Shiitake likes the same environment as a low-light indoor plant - natural day / night cycle and no direct sunlight.
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!