Dried Maitake (Hen of the Woods) is highly prized by both mushroom lovers and health food enthusiasts. Slow drying concentrates their distinctive flavor and goodness for year-round use. Hen-of-the-Woods mushrooms are also known by the names Poule de Bois, Polypore-en-tuffe, Pied -de-Griffon, Grifo and Klapperschwamm.
The mild flavor of the Maitake mushroom makes it an ideal companion for smoked meats, poultry, fish, or rich sauces. With its firm texture, it substitutes easily for meat as a main dish and is an excellent addition to risotto, polenta and pastas.
Rinse and soak to reconstitute. They taste delicious when mixed with other fresh and/or dried mushrooms.