Shitake Mushroom Powder
Botanical Name - Lentinus edodes
Other Names - Forest mushroom, lentinula, pasania fungus, lentinula, hua gu
Origin - China
Flavor Profile - Meaty, umami, and bold
Typical Preparations - Shiitake Mushroom Powder can be added to soups and sauce and sauteed with vegetables, meat or tofu or eaten in salads. Also used as a tea, in capsules and as an extract.
Culinary Usages - Add Shitake Mushroom Powder to scrambled eggs (with shallots, rosemary and Greek yogurt), in pasta sauces (add toward the end of the cooking), in soup bases and with sauteed winter greens.
The second most cultivated mushroom in the world which has grown more popular in the US as the general population have embraced ethnic cooking, particularly Asian flavors, and their popularity has only been helped by the growing medical reports that various constituents in shiitake and other Asian mushrooms provide a number of healthy benefits.
The shiitake takes its name from the Japanese words “take”(mushroom) and “shii” (a type of chestnut tree on which these mushrooms are commonly found).
Dried shiitakes have a high percentage of essential amino acids and higher vitamin D content than most foods.
Just one tablespoon can flavor an entire meal for 2-4 people. Mushroom powder is an ideal substitute for fresh mushrooms.
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