Story: Mushrooms and other cultivated fungi

Shiitake mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms

In New Zealand, dried shiitake mushrooms (Lentinula edodes) are imported from China and sold in Asian food markets. They need 30 minutes’ soaking in warm water before being added to soups or stir-fries. Shiitake have chewy flesh and a slightly woody taste. The photo shows shiitake dried (front), after soaking (left), and sliced in a miso-based soup. A few growers in New Zealand supply fresh shiitake, grown in bags of sawdust and bran.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Mushrooms and other cultivated fungi - Specialty mushrooms', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/16824/shiitake-mushrooms (accessed 27 November 2021)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Nov 2008