shiitake mushroom

Definition

Food

  • A variety of fungus fruiting body, Lentinus edodes, from East Asia where it is grown on tree trunks, now grown in Europe on wheat straw. They have a white stem, a brown flattish cap and white ruffled gills. They are high in protein and keep their shape when cooked. The flavour intensifies on drying and they become darker. Often sold dried in Chinese shops as winter mushrooms.
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