Inventory, 5 lbs : 19.25
This item was last sold on : 03/22/18
Shiitake mushrooms, pronounced shee-TAH-kay, range in colors from amber to paper bag-brown. Each mushroom has a wide, umbrella shape with a characteristic curled rim. Their caps, growing up to eight inches in diameter, have a cream-colored interior described as supple-firm. When cooked, shiitakes release a garlic-pine aroma and have a rich, earthy, umami flavor.
Shiitake mushrooms are available year-round.
Shiitake mushrooms are scientifically classified as Lentinula edodes. In Japan, there are two general types of Shiitake mushroom: donko, the more round with a thick flesh and koshin, with a thinner flesh and an open cap. Donko Shiitake mushrooms are prized for their greater medicinal value because the cap is only partially open and retains more of the spores. Shiitake mushrooms are the second most commonly consumed mushrooms in the world after the button mushroom.
In addition to their culinary uses, Shiitake mushrooms have long been used for medicinal purposes in both raw and dried form. They are rich in vitamins and minerals with potently high levels of vitamin B2, B12 and vitamin D. Shiitakes are a source of the compound Lentinan, which is being evaluated as an anti-cancer drug.
Shiitake mushrooms should be cooked prior to eating. Although Shiitake mushrooms are a cultivated variety, their flavor and texture lends well to being a substitute in recipes calling for "wild mushrooms." Pair Shiitake with Asian mustard greens, eggplant, rice, noodles, garlic, soy and chile. The Asian mushroom can be sautéed, roasted or skewered and grilled.
It is said that around 200 AD, the 14th emperor of Japan, Emperor Chuai, was given Shiitake mushrooms by the Kyusuyu, the original aboriginals of Japan. In China, Shiitake mushrooms are called shaingug or hsiang ku, which means “fragrant mushroom.”
Shiitake mushrooms are native to East Asia, specifically China and Japan. They have been growing wild since prehistoric times. Shiitake mushrooms have been cultivated since 1100 AD, during the Song Dynasty. The first Shiitake production in the United States did not occur until a ban on importing live Shiitake cultures was lifted in 1972 (Shiitakes do not grow wild in the United States). Shiitake mushrooms grow so well, kits are sold to home growers.
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|JSIX American restaurant & Bar||San Diego CA||619-531-8744|
|Wrench and Rodent||Oceanside CA||760-840-1976|
|Mission Ave Bar and Grill||Oceanside CA||760-637-2222|
|Petco Park (Catering)||San Diego CA||619-795-5917|
|Pendry SD (Pendry Banquets)||San Diego CA||619-738-7000|
|Donovan's Downtown||San Diego CA||619-237-9700|
|Brigantine Imperial Beach||Imperial Beach CA||619-591-1350|
|Decoy Dockside Restaurant||San Marcos CA||760-653-3230|
|Marriott Coronado||Coronado CA||619-435-3000 x6335|
|JRDN Restaurant||San Diego CA||858-270-5736|
|Firefly Beach||San Diego CA||619-222-6440|
|Sushi Ota||San Diego CA||858-270-5047|
|Jake's Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-755-2002|
|Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort||Carlsbad CA||760-602-0800|
|Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen 2||Vista CA||760-630-4311|
|The Lanai Del Mar||Del Mar CA||760-214-0436|
|Georges at the Cove||San Diego CA||858-454-4244|
|Golden Door||San Marcos CA||760-761-4142|
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|Vi At La Jolla Village||San Diego CA||858-646-7700|
|Del Mar Country Club||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-759-5500 x207|
|La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club||San Diego CA||858-454-7126|
|Brigantine Poway||Poway CA||858-486-3066|
|Miho Gastrotruck||San Diego CA||619-867-4295|
|UCSD La Jolla / Ornish Kitchen||San Diego CA||858-657-6473|
|Stake Chophouse & Bar||Coronado CA||619-522-0077|
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|Lodge at Torrey Pines Main||San Diego CA||858-453-4420|
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|AToN Center Inc.||Encinitas CA||858-759-5017|
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