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Scientific Binomial Name: Lentinus edodes

SELECTION INFORMATION
Usage

Usually cooked and used in stir-fry, sauces and as a side dish. Shiitake Mushrooms are featured in many Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai dishes.

Selection

Good-quality Shiitake mushrooms are brown to black, dry and have smooth, firm caps.

Avoid

Avoid product that is wet, soft, bruised or has spots of mold.

Storage

To store mushrooms, keep them unwashed, dry, cool and dark.

Store mushrooms in a brown paper bag, or in a Tupperware type container on a paper towel in the refrigerator. Do not store mushrooms in plastic bags!

Ripening

Mushrooms will not ripen further after picking - they will only deteriorate, so use as soon as possible.

  • Nutritional Information
  • Shiitake Mushrooms are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. They're also a good source of Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Selenium, and a great source of Dietary Fiber, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Ma

  • Tips & Trivia
  • To store mushrooms, keep them unwashed, dry, cool and dark.

    Store mushrooms in a brown paper bag, or in a Tupperware type container on a paper towel in the refrigerator. Do not store mushrooms in plastic bags!

    To clean mushrooms, wipe them with a damp cloth or soft vegetable brush. Because of their porous nature, mushrooms should not be washed in water, as they will absorb water like a sponge, losing nutrients, flavor and changing texture.

    Three thousand years ago, mushrooms were a delicacy of the Pharaohs in Egypt, who considered them too delicate for common people to eat. They were favored in ancient Rome as a "food of the gods."

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