Natural Habitat and Biology
EDULIS FOOD GROUP is proud to be able to distribute this world renowned mushroom. The shiitake mushroom (Lentinus edodes), also known as the Golden Oak mushroom, the Black Forest mushroom, and the Oakwood mushroom, is considered to be the finest edible mushroom in Asia, where it has been used for over 2,000 years. Shiitake mushrooms are cultivated on logs, dead tree trunks, and sawdust. Shiitakes range in colour from tan to dark brown, and have broad, umbrella-shaped caps, wide-open veils, and tan gills. Shiitake caps have a soft, spongy texture. When cooked, these mushrooms have a rich, smoky flavour and a meat-like texture.
EDULIS FOOD GROUP sells Shiitake mushrooms year round and is able to deliver stock anywhere in South Africa within 48 hours.
Shiitake mushroom are sold fresh and dried. EDULIS FOOD GROUP sells fresh Shiitake in 300g and 400g punnets.
EDULIS FOOD GROUP offers Shiitake year-round.
Buying and storing tips
EDULIS FOOD GROUP only offers the best, freshest Shiitake mushrooms with a guarantee on quality and taste.
Fresh shiitake mushrooms keep for up to 14 days when stored in the refrigerator in a paper bag. Store dried shiitakes in a cool, dry place.
Preparation, Uses, and Tips
Before using fresh shiitakes, tear off the fibrous stems, and clean the mushrooms carefully with a damp cloth or paper towel. The mushrooms can also be rinsed briefly, but do not allow them to soak as they will swell with water. Dried shiitakes should be reconstituted in warm water for approximately one hour. Once they are reconstituted, chop off the stems. Use the soaking water and stems to make soup stock.
Cooking brings out the distinct flavour of shiitakes. Shiitake have numerous gastronomical offerings! Sauté or fry them in oil for 5 to 7 minutes; or cook them with a small amount of liquid in a tightly covered pan for 15 minutes. Once cooked, you can add them to a pasta recipe, rice dish, soup, sauce, or stir-fry for fantastic taste and enjoying Shiitakes wide health benefits.
Shiitake mushroom, 4 mushrooms (cooked):
*Foods that are an “excellent source” of a particular nutrient provide 20% or more of the Recommended Daily Value. Foods that are a “good source” of a particular nutrient provide between 10 and 20% of the Recommended Daily Value.
- Calories: 40
- Protein: 1.12g
- Carbohydrate: 10.3g
- Total Fat: 0.16g
- Fibre: 1.5g
- *Excellent source of: Selenium (17.8mcg)