In Season: May to November
Shiitake mushrooms are native to Asia where they have been cultivated for the past 2000 years. They have a wide range of nutritional benefits and, like other types of mushrooms are very versatile. Use Shiitake mushrooms just as you would button or other varieties of mushrooms. Shiitakes also work very well as a meat substitute in many dishes as a result of their smoky flavour and dense texture. Good flavour pairings for Shiitake mushrooms include; tamari, garlic, ginger, thyme, parsley, sesame, cheese, butter, tomatoes and beef.
Store Shiitake mushrooms in a paper bag in the refrigerator. They will keep this way for about a week.
Shiitake mushrooms are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They are also a good source of Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Selenium, and a very good source of Dietary Fibre, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Manganese.