Shiitake mushrooms, also called black forest, chinese black and golden oak mushrooms, originated in Japan. Shiitakes have wide, dark brown, umbrella shaped caps, tan gills and curved stem, are typically 7 to 15 cm across. They have a full bodied, meaty texture, a smoky aroma and a rich woodsy flavour.
Popular in Japanese and Chinese cuisines shiitakes are used cooked.
Store in a slightly damp paper towel and refrigerate up to 14 days.
Prep and cook:
Brush lightly to remove any dirt. Trim the stems where they attach to the caps, (stems are tough, you can save them for stock).
Although spongy, shiitakes hold up well to cooking braised, sautéed, add to sauces, stir fries, soups, stews, and other dishes, or use as a pizza topping.
Goes with: Herbs, spices, and flavours such as: Butter, dry sherry, garlic, olive, parsley, pepper, sage, soy sauce, thyme.
Foods: Beef, chicken, eggplant, white fish, cabbage, onions, pasta, shallots, shellfish.
Low in calories
Excellent source of copper and selenium.
Contains the antioxidant ergothioneine, an amino acid that may help support the cardiovascular system.