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Simmered Shiitake Recipe

Simmered Shiitake mushrooms are a delicious addition to a traditional Japanese bento.

Summer 2014

  • Photo courtesy iStock/tortoon

Total Hands-On Time: 1 hr 15 min

Yield: Family-size serving

Simmered Shiitake (or Shītake no Nimono)

The shītake (Lentinula edodes) mushroom is native to temperate regions in east Asia. Its name comes from “shī,” the Japanese name for the Japanese Chinquapin tree (Castanopsis cuspidata), and “take,” the Japanese name for mushroom. It should thus not be surprising that Japanese Chinquapin logs are the traditional substrate on which the mushroom is grown. However, outside of Japan many other species in the Oak family are used. The oldest mention of shītake mushrooms dates back to A.D. 199 at the time of Japanese Emperor Chūai, and they have been cultivated for more than 1,000 years.;


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