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Dried Cultivated Mushrooms

Dried shiitake

Product Info
The name shiitake originates from its Japanese name, shiitake. Shiitake are native to Japan, China and Korea and have been grown in all three countries since prehistoric times. The oldest record regarding the shiitake mushroom dates back to AD 199 at the time of Emperor Chūai in Japan. They have been cultivated for over 1,000 years.
Suggested Use
Cover the mushrooms in boiling water. Cover with plastic wrap to stop heat escaping. Soak for 20 minutes.The mushrooms should almost double in size. Drain. Strain the liquid and use in stocks and soups.Discard the stems - they're too tough to eat. Slice the mushrooms and add to stir-fries, soups and curries.

dried shiitake

Dried black fungus

Product Info
It is often used in soups and stir fries in China and Korea for its slippery but crunchy texture. It has little flavor of its own but does absorb flavors from other ingredients it's cooked with. It is held in Chinese medicine to improve blood circulation and relieve atherosclerosis. Preliminary tests in Western medicine are encouraging and include confirmation of anticoagulant properties.
Suggested Use
Place dried fungus in a heat proof bowl and pour over enough hot water to cover after expansion (they will expand a lot). Let soak for 30 minutes or more, then rinse. Remove any woody anchor points and tear to sizes that match other ingredients

dried black fungus

Dried Maitake

Product Info
One of the nicknames of the maitake mushroom is "King of Mushrooms." This is because of its status as a highly flavorful, gourmet food as well as an alternative medicine for different diseases and conditions. The majority of uses for maitake mushrooms require they be dried.
Suggested Use
Add maitake mushrooms to a light soup. Bring 2 cups of chicken broth to a low boil. Add three or four cleaned and sliced maitake. Cut the root ends and any tough skin off two green onions. Slice thin and add to the broth. Season with soy sauce to taste and a few drops of prepared hot sauce. Add 1/4 pound of cleaned shrimp and cook for about 5 minutes, or until shrimp are pink

dried maitake

Dried portebella

Product Info
The portobello also called portabella is really simply a brown crimini mushroom in disguise. Evidently the usage of the two words "portobello vs. portabella" is simply an issue of a marketing brand. Once the little brown crimini grows up to be about 4" - 6" in diameter he is deemed to be a portobello..
Suggested Use
Use them in any dish where you want a mushroom flavor such as in soups, sauces, gravies etc. Add them to a can of cream of mushroom soup, and you will not believe the flavor. We put them in beef stroganoff and it has become a family favorite.These mushrooms are rated Medium to Strong on the Mushroom Flavor Scale.

dried portebella

Dried pom pom blanc

Product Info
Pom Pom Blanc (also called Lion's Mane Mushroom, Hericium erinaceus) is an edible mushroom and medicinal mushroom in the tooth fungus group. Native to North America, Europe and Asia. It can be identified by its tendency to grow all the spines out from one group (rather than branches), long spines (greater than 1 cm length) and its appearance on hardwoods.
Suggested Use
This mushroom is fantastic as tempura or can compliment anything from a white sauce to a marinade. When baked whole it makes a dramatic garnish or a unique appetizer. Brushing with melted butter and baking in a very hot oven for 3-5 minutes best preserves the feathery condition. It is also delicious shredded and tossed into a hot seafood pasta.

fresh brown shimeji

Dried white champignon

Product Info:
The White Button (Agaricus Brunnescens) is the most frequently used of all Mushrooms. Also, called "Champignon", they've been cultivated by the French since the 1700's. The "Champignon" retains it's shape well when cooked, although they do shrink a little in size. The "Champignon" has a mild flavor and firm texture and comes in sliced form. The "Champignon" absorbs flavors well in any dish.
Suggested Use:
When reconstituted, Dried Champignon look, cook and taste just like their fresh form. Delicious in gravy, sauces, cream soups, stews, stir fry recipes, pasta, casseroles - just about anything you'd want to use mushrooms in Buttons are good to take along on camping trips to add extra flavor to camp fire meals.

dried white champignon