Shiitake Mushroom is native to East Asia.
It is a feature of many Asian cuisines including Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai.
This mushroom offers a rich, earthy, and Smokey flavor.
They can be eaten raw, in which case you will detect a faint peppery bite, but they are generally cooked.
Their slight slippery texture particularly enhances Chinese and oriental dishes.
Shiitake can be sautéed, broiled, baked, grilled, stir fried or sliced thin and used raw in salads.
Its meaty flavor enhances almost any dish.
Shiitake mushrooms provide high levels of protein, potassium, niacin, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
Nutritionally, studies reveal that this mushroom fights viruses, lowers cholesterol and regulates blood pressure.
Low in sodium and low in calories, mushrooms are a source of fiber.
Studies also show shiitake mushrooms have positive effects on the immune system.