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Shiitake mushroom (dried) 표고버섯

Key Nutrients: 
B Vitamins, vitamin D, minerals, fiber.
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This unique mushroom is an obvious choice for Korean dishes because it is versatile and affordable. The meaty texture and smoky flavor is great on its own or paired with other varieties. In its fresh form, the shiitake mushroom has a rich, buttery, meaty flavor quite unlike other mushrooms. When dried, this mushroom emotes an earthy, smokey scent. Because of their sponge-like texture, they tend to absorb and hold flavors very well. They are used in many well known Korean dishes: Bulgogi, Jap-chae, Galbi-jjim and Bibimbap, to name a few, as well as many different side dishes and soups. They are sold fresh and in dried versions. Shiitake mushrooms are rich in B vitamins and vitamin D, and are good sources of fiber and protein. They are also low in calories and an ideal food for a balanced diet. Dried shiitakes are excellent, and often preferable to fresh ones due to their more intense flavor.

You can buy Shiitake mushroom online here.

Sourcing & Selecting

Local Korean grocery market

You can buy Shiitake mushroom online here.

Substitutes for this Japanese mushroom include portobello, oyster and porcini mushrooms.
How to Measure: 
1 piece whole is about 19g
Fresh: If you need to store fresh shiitakes, put them in the refrigerator and cover them with damp paper towels. They can last for as long as two weeks; but it's best to eat shiitakes soon after harvesting. Dried: To store dried shiitakes for a short time (a month or less), seal the mushrooms in an airtight container or zip-top bag and store in a cool, dark place. For long-term storage, seal the dried mushrooms in heavy-duty zip-top freezer bags and put them in the freezer where they'll keep indefinitely.


Shiitakes never come in contact with dirt, so the only washing usually necessary is a gentle wipe with a damp cloth or a paper towel.

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  • Use a knife to remove the stems where they meet the cap.

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Soak in water and rinse before using. To expedite the soaking and retain the flavor you can add sugar in the soaking water.

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Nutrition and Health Facts: 

They contain eritadenine, which helps lower cholesterol, and also provides several important minerals such as copper, manganese, phosphprus, pottasiumm, selenium and zinc. In a recent study, it was proven that consuming this mushroom can have a positive effect on the immune system. They possess antibacterial properties and have amino acid-like nutrients called ergothioneine with antioxidant properties. Shiitake mushrooms are rich in B vitamins, and are an excellent source of pantothenic acid, as well as a very good source of vitamin B2 and good source of vitamin B6, niacin, choline, and folate. They have a high concentration of minerals such as selenium, copper, zinc, and a manganese and are also a good source of vitamin D (in the D2 form) and dietary fiber.


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