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About shiitake mushrooms
Shiitake mushrooms are edible mushrooms native to East Asia. The name Shiitake comes from the Japanese words "shii" and "take." "Shii" references the trees on which the mushroom grows, while "take" means mushroom. Shiitake mushrooms grow on the dead logs of deciduous trees like chestnut, oak, beech, sweetgum, poplar, ironwood, mulberry, maple, and more. Some people refer to them as sawtooth oak mushrooms, black forest mushrooms, golden oak mushrooms, black mushrooms, or oakwood mushrooms, but these names are far less common.
Before 1982, the Japanese government restricted growing shiitake mushrooms to specific areas and only allowed farmers to use ancient growing techniques. Yet, the popularity of the shiitake mushroom and the ease with which you can cultivate it led to its widespread production worldwide. Today, the shiitake mushroom accounts for 25% of the total annual production of mushrooms in the world. Growers create conditions similar to the shiitake mushroom's natural environment, either by using artificial surfaces or actual hardwood logs.
Shiitake mushrooms have a robust and earthy "umami" flavor. Umami is a savory, fatty flavor often associated with broths and meats. The taste of umami comes from the amino acid glutamate, of which the shiitake mushroom has plenty. Shiitake caps have a meaty texture when cooked. The stems are tough unless cooked enough, at which point they become pleasantly chewy.
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