Scientific name: Lentinula edodes
The Shiitake mushroom is native to East Asia and known as the “King of Mushrooms” especially in China and Japan. It has been grown and used in China for over 6000 years and prized as both a delicious food and medicinal treatment for vascular deficiencies as well as promoting health.
Shiitake in East Asian cuisines include both fresh and dried. Fresh Shiitake mushrooms are soft but firm, while dried Shiitake mushrooms have a more meaty texture and smoky flavor. Before cooking, they must be rehydrated by soaking in water for at least thirty minutes. However, Shiitake are porous and will readily absorb water and become soggy if exposed to excess water.
Today this delectable morsel has been arriving as a dish on the tables of North America and Europe where alternatives to meat are being actively sought. The Shiitake mushroom is considered and prepared as a vegetable in many Asian cuisines including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai. It can now be found in many local grocery stores and wholesales.
Asia Pacific Farm has worked hard to increase its output and to educate consumers on the absolute joy of locally grown Shiitake mushrooms. At APF, our Shiitake mushrooms are grown in near spotless conditions on a special natural mixture of West Coast Sawdust and Prairie Bran (a match made in heaven). No straw or manure are used.
Next time you buy Shiitake mushrooms look for the APF logo and see what a difference fresh organic mushrooms make!