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Shiitake Mushrooms: Food & Medicine

shiitake log

Medicinal Benefits

Shiitake is not just delicious, but also incredibly medicinal.  It has been found to have strong antimicrobial & antibacterial effects as well as being a natural source of antioxidants. Shiitake is also believed to be able to reduce the growth of cancerous tumors.
Here is the full list of all known reported therapeutic effects: 

Antitumor, immunomodulation, antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, cardiovascular, hypolipidemic, hepatoprotective, hemaglutinating, and antioxidant.

Bioactives: 12 different polysaccarides, 37 different enzymes, eritadenine, ergosterol, B12, and many more.*
Try our Shiitake Tincture to start reaping the benefits of this fantastic mushroom today!
shiitake tincture

Culinary Uses

* Dried (sliced or powdered)
* Pickled 
* Frozen
* Canned
* Fried
* Grilled
* Preserved in Oil
* Sauteed
* Flavored Sea Salt (check out Well Seasoned Table's awesome Shiitake Sea Salt)
dried shiitake
As with all mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms should be cooked before being eaten. The cooking process breaks down the chitin (a polysaccharide). Humans cannot digest chitin, therefor when you eat a raw mushroom it can potentially give you a stomach ache. Cooking mushrooms also releases many beneficial nutrients locked inside the cells. Chitin is important though, as it is what gives mushrooms the meaty flavor and texture that all mushroom lovers know and love.
cooking shiitake

 Want to add some extra vitamin D to your diet?  When you harvest your shiitake mushrooms, set them in the sun for a few hours (gill side up) and increase their vitamin D content by more than 1100%!!!!  Here is a great article on this, so check it out..."Place Mushrooms in Sunlight to Get Your Vitamin D"

Growing Shiitake

Want to grow shiitake at home?  Start with one of our grow kits, or get some of our plug spawn (chose from two strains: Shiitake 75, and Shiitake 3782)and inoculate some oak logs to start growing shiitake in your very own backyard!
      
Lastly, if you want to gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to cultivate mushrooms, come check out one of out Cultivate Classes!  They are the 2nd Sunday of every month. (Preregistration is required) The next class is April 10th!  Sign up now...seats fill up fast!

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