Sun-Dried Shiitake Mushrooms are far superior due to the facn that they are the highest grade of all shiitake and are also sun-dried giving them 20% more vitamin D than other donko. Mitoku Sun-Dried Donko Shiitake are superior quality mushrooms that are hand-harvested at their peak of vitality, then carefully sun-dried; concentrating their exquisite flavor and goodness. Use with their soaking water for superb soups or sauces, or add to stir-fries, fried rice, noodles or casseroles.
Ingredients: Japanese sun-dried shiitake mushrooms (Highest Grade, Sun-Dried Donko). Tight, Closed-caps
Shiitake, Japanese forest mushrooms, are one of the Orient's most exotic, versatile, and delicious foods. Their
distinctive taste lends a gourmet flair to almost any dish. Mitoku Shiitake are cultivated by the natural, traditional
carefully dried, thus concentrating their exquisite flavor and goodness for year-round use. Shiitake Mushrooms are
known to be a source for naturally occurring vitamin B 12.
Truly the world's "Miracle Mushroom," modern science has
proven shiitake contains anti-cancer properties.
Uses: Use with their soaking water for superb soups, tea, stews, sauces, gravy, casseroles, fried rice, noodles, or add to stir-fries.
The majority of Japanese shiitake and all Mitoku brand shiitake are grown outdoors on natural logs, and no fungicides or pesticides are used at any stage in the process. They are picked early, before the caps open. Some Mitoku donko shiitake are sun-dried, thus increasing the already abundant vitamin D content of shiitake that are naturally grown outdoors. In the West, however, a high-tech method of growing the mushroom indoors under controlled conditions on synthetic sawdust logs (actually sawdust blocks) is used by approximately 80% of the more than 250 commercial growers. 70% of Taiwan's shiitake are now also produced on sterilized sawdust. Often fungicides are used to prevent competing molds and fungi from taking over the logs. Of course, these fungicides pose a health threat to consumers and workers. In addition to the obvious benefits of growing shiitake on natural logs without the use of toxic chemicals, proponents of this traditional cultivation method are convinced that shiitake grown outdoors, subject to the rigors of the natural environment, have more concentrated medicinal properties and flavor.