About Shiitake Mushrooms
This mushroom is also known by a number of other common names, such as the Oak, Chinese or Black Forest mushroom. Originating from Japan it’s scientific name is Lentinula edodes. Shiitake can vary from very light tan to a dark brown, and they have a characteristic umbrella shaped cap, with an open veil and tan gills. Shiitake are best cooked, with a firm texture and wonderful aroma when used in any dish. Stems are very tough and should be removed and chopped finely. Perfect in pasta, soups, and in any entrée.