Organic Shiitake Mushrooms
Our dried Whole Organic Shiitake Mushrooms are a convenient way to use this popular, umami-rich mushroom, which has a meaty flesh and a full-bodied, earthy flavor.
Rinse mushrooms under cold running water to remove any possible debris. To rehydrate mushrooms prior to use, place them in a saucepan and cover with 4 inches of cold water. Add a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and let steep 20 to 30 minutes or until tender. Drain, reserving the liquid for another use.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
Organic Shiitake Mushrooms.
Shiitakes are known by their Japanese name, which is appropriate since Japan is the world leader in their production. The name comes from a Japanese word meaning "oak fungus,” because they are discovered most frequently growing at the base of Japanese oak conifers called "shii trees."
Many people believe that shiitake mushrooms are wild because they are often included in “wild mushroom” mixes at the supermarket. However, they are actually the second most cultivated edible mushroom in the world behind the common white button variety. Shiitake mushrooms have dark brown, broad, flat caps that curve down slightly at the edge toward the long, narrow stem. The gills underneath the cap are tan.
Shiitake Mushroom stems are typically very woody. Most recipes recommend removing the stems, although they make a wonderful, umami-infused broth. These umami-rich mushrooms have a hearty, meaty flesh and a rich, full-bodied, earthy flavor that lends itself to numerous cooking applications. Their deep flavor means they can stand up to other intense flavors. They are particularly good with ginger, soy, and chiles.
Our dried Shiitake Mushrooms capture the meaty, almost smoky flavor of fresh shiitakes. They’re cultivated for us, harvested, then sorted by quality. We select some dried shiitakes to sell as whole caps, while others are sliced before drying.
This cooked salad highlights the large, meaty caps, intense flavor and beautiful appearance of our Flower Top Shiitake Mushrooms, alongside several other varieties often found in Japanese cuisine. The variety of sizes, shapes and flavors makes for a visually appealing salad, and the bold, bright dressing perfectly contrasts the earthiness of the mushrooms.