The shiitake mushroom is a wonder of a mushroom. With endless ways of cooking this delectable shroom, the shiitake makes for a true & welcome guest in the kitchen.
Shiitake mushrooms are native to China where it has been cultivated for over 100 years, typically this mushroom is cultivated on the shii tree. The first written record of a shiitake can be traced to Wu Sang Kwuang, born during the Sung Dynasty 960-1127 A.D. Some documents, however, record the mushroom being eaten as early as 199 A.D.
Shiitake mushrooms are found in a variety of cultures & cuisines. Russia produces and consumes large amounts of shiitakes, although they are mostly sold pickled. Of course the shiitake has its home in Chinese & Japanese cuisines where you will find it in miso soup.
Shiitake mushrooms are commonly sold dried in preserved packages. All you need to do to re-hydrate them is to soak them in water prior to using.
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