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A Brief History Of Shiitake Mushrooms

March 21, 2017

A Brief History Of Shiitake Mushrooms

The shiitake mushroom is one of the most widely cultivated mushrooms in the entire world. If you’ve ever enjoyed a delicious Asian meal, you’ll notice that shiitake mushrooms are often used in Asian cuisine. If you’ve been to a Chinese or Japanese restaurant – or the next time you’re in one – notice the shiitake mushrooms in your dish. At Yuguo Farms, we offer shiitake mushrooms of all shapes and sizes. With a meaty substance, smokey flavor, and thick, fleshy bodies, you’ll be able to brighten any dish with the tasty flavors of shiitake mushrooms. With the ability to order dried organic shiitake mushrooms from Yuguo Farms, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the flavors that these mushrooms can bring to a dish. If you’re concerned with cooking with shiitake mushrooms because you’ve never done it before, then don’t worry, we have many recipes and tips to help you cook delicious dishes. Check out Dried Shiitake Mushroom Recipes for some great recipes and some of the Health Benefits Of Shiitake Mushrooms to give you a good idea of what shiitake mushrooms can do for your immune system to increasing your iron intake.

The History Of Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms grow wild in the regions of China, Japan, Taiwan, and Indonesia, which is why you’ll find a majority of the dishes in those regions filled with delicious shiitake mushrooms. The reason you’re able to find shiitake mushrooms all over these countries is because the spores spread due to the local wind patterns. Shiitake mushrooms generally grow on logs and respond well to rain and storms. As times have changed and technology was included in the way to cultivate and grow shiitake mushrooms, the way to produce shiitake mushrooms has changed. However, the initial way shiitake mushrooms are instilled is with the shiitake mushrooms growing on logs and responding well to lighting and moisture.

China was the first country to pick and dry out shiitake mushrooms and, shortly after, Japan began to cultivate them as well. Both countries began to analyze the medicinal properties of shiitake mushrooms, which has led to the findings of the benefits of how shiitake mushrooms can help with your health. From reducing cholesterol to enhancing sexual power and eliminating viruses, shiitake mushrooms are filled with medicinal properties that will prolong your life.

When the Chinese and Japanese began to learn more about shiitake mushrooms, the Chinese would pick them wild and dry them out. This is similar to how Yuguo Farms sell them today, dried and ready to be cooked. On the other hand, the Japanese learned how to cultivate them and would begin to place fresh shiitake mushrooms on dead logs so they would be able to age gracefully. Centuries ago when both of these cultures would pick or cultivate shiitake mushrooms, there would be specific ways to clean, cook, and preserve them so they could bring out the most taste. As time progressed, shiitake mushrooms began to be used in more dishes because of the many health benefits they provided and the delicious smoky taste that enhanced dishes.

If you’re interested in starting to cook with shiitake mushroom, then it’s time you order a bag from Yuguo Farms to enjoy some smoky, tantalizing flavors in your dishes.