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About hon shimeji mushrooms

Hon shimeji, which means real shimeji, are edible mushrooms that grow in East Asia and parts of Northern Europe, specifically in the lichen pine forests of northern Fennoscandia. The term "shimeji" refers to various species that include hon shimeji, buna shimeji, and bunapi shimeji. People often erroneously refer to hon shimeji as brown beech mushrooms when the term actually refers to buna shimeji. The correct popular term for hon shimeji is the Japanese honey mushroom.

Wild hon shimeji has been recognized as a delicacy in Japan for hundreds of years. Today, only a few dealers who specialize in delicacy mushrooms sell wild-grown hon shimeji. The mushroom has been successfully cultivated over the last few decades, which has made it more obtainable for the general population. However, the mushrooms commonly sold as hon shimeji in the U.S. are mostly cultivated buna shimeji or bunapi shimeji, or as they're popularly known, brown beech or white clamshell mushrooms. 

Shimeji mushrooms are typically harvested in bouquets due to their diminutive size. They grow in clumps on top of a white porous base and have petite burlap-colored caps and white, slender stems. The mushrooms have rich and piquant "umami" aromas, which in Japanese refers to savoriness. When cooked, they have a mild and nutty flavor and a firm, chewy texture.

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FAQs About Hon Shimeji Mushrooms

Although their findings are not yet published, a report by the National Cancer Institute of Japan shows that shimeji mushrooms contain compounds that can slow the growth of tumors and ultimately destroy them. They also offer many other health benefits. These mushrooms are rich in potassium, which helps to regulate fluid balance and nerve signals in the body. It is also believed that potassium may help to reduce blood pressure and prevent hypertension.

Shimeji mushrooms contain lots of fiber, which helps to keep the gastrointestinal tract healthy. It is also a good source of vitamin D, which keeps bones, teeth, and muscles healthy by regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. And lastly, since they are low in carbohydrates and fat, shimeji mushrooms will help keep you in good shape.

In their raw form, shimeji mushrooms have a bitter and unpalatable taste. Also, the human body can't make optimal use of the nutritional components of these mushrooms when eaten raw. As such, you always want to cook shimeji mushrooms. They keep their shape well when cooked and make delicious additions to stews, stir-fries, omelets, and noodle dishes. 

You can also make a shimeji mushroom sauce, or you can sautee them with their stems in butter and garlic and serve as a side dish with wild game or seafood. Shimeji mushrooms are used in many Japanese dishes, such as Takikomi Gohan,  a rice dish made with short-grain rice, vegetables, mushrooms, and meat or seafood.

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