The shiitake mushroom, known as the “King of Mushrooms,” is one of the most popular varieties of mushrooms in the world. The shiitake has been grown and used in East Asian cultures for over 6,000 years.
This prized mushroom variety is known for its deep, rich flavor profile and health benefits. They are commonly light tan to dark brown, and the cap is the most popular part of the fungi to consume.
Today, shiitakes are generally purchased dried and used in many different recipes. They offer the ever-popular umami flavor with a meaty texture and are used as an ingredient in soups, stews, stir-fries, and more!