Translated from Japanese, "shii" refers to the tree on which these mushrooms originally grew, while "také" simply means mushroom. These little beauties are venerated not just because of their primordial origin, but because of the many health-boosting properties they contain, discovered over centuries of ancient medicine.
Having no roots, leaves, blossoms, or seeds, shiitake mushrooms fall into a special category: fungus. Famous for their rich texture and smoky flavor, they're the second most commonly cultivated edible mushrooms, readily available on market shelves worldwide. Compared with white button mushrooms, shiitakes are purported to have more than 10 times the flavor. This can intensify when they're dried and reconstituted by soaking in water.
Health Benefits of Shiitake Mushrooms
Comparing the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients between foods, shiitake mushrooms are completely unique. Copper figures most prominently, with 65% of the daily value per serving, significant because copper is one of the few metallic elements accompanied by amino and fatty acids, essential to human health. Linoleic acid is one. Since the body can't synthesize copper, our diets must supply it regularly.
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I have been looking for these shiitake mushrooms for some time. I have had them in the past and love the flavor.
Have been using regularly. Accidentally got some from China. They didn't look right. I have grown my own but that was too $$$. I'm back to these. As a pharmacist I would caution judicious use of Shiitake. Potent compounds in them
They take a long time to reconstitute but are very nice mushrooms
Better than the same things on the market.