Get Fresh & Fruity Mushroom Shiitake
The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct types: cultivated and wild. In myth and folklore mushrooms have always had something of a mystical connection: elves and fairies are often depicted sitting atop them, and they are known to spring up seemingly overnight in 'fairy rings'. On a more practical level, many mushrooms and fungi can be poisonous or hallucinogenic. If foraging in the forest, it's important to know what you're looking for.
Shiitake are one of the most versatile mushrooms. They are easy to cultivate and common all over the world. They are also very beautiful, coming in a broad spectrum of colours In a controlled environment, the organic material makes a nutritionally balanced substrate.
Shiitake mushroom recipes
The most widely known of all the oriental mushrooms. Shiitake are quite mild when bought fresh, but drying concentrates their flavour. They have a firm, meaty texture that becomes slippery when cooked.
Recipes using shiitake mushroom
By Ching-He Huang
By Tom Sellers
By Daniel Galmiche
By The Dawes Family
By Matt Tebbutt
Light meals and snacks
Starters and nibbles
By The Hairy Bikers
Shiitake are now cultivated in Britain and can be bought fresh or dried.
Snip off the hard stems (but dont discard them €š¬‚¬œ add to soups and stock). Shiitake go well with pork, meat and steamed fish; they can also be mixed with ordinary cultivated mushrooms.
Article by Clarissa Hyman