The shiitake mushroom has become a familiar staple in the USA in recent years. While very popular in traditional Asian cuisine, fresh shiitakes have only been introduced to modern American cooking within the past decade or two.
Baby shiitake mushrooms, like mature shiitake, are not limited to Asian recipes, and while not truly wild, are frequently substituted in recipes calling for "wild mushrooms". Pair baby shiitake with greens, eggplant, rice, noodles, garlic, soy and chile. Baby shiitakes may be sauteed, roasted or skewered and grilled. When cooked, shiitakes have a distinctively rich, earthy, umami flavor.
Our premium baby shiitake mushrooms are carefully cultivated and harvested from specially prepared logs. Baby shiitake mushrooms range in colors from amber to brown. Each mushroom has a sturdy umbrella shaped cap with a curled rim and cream-colored interior. Unlike mature shiitake mushrooms, baby shiitake mushrooms are entirely edible as their thin stalks are still tender when young.