Introduction of dried shiitake mushrooms (Lentinus Edodes):
Shiitake mushrooms are native to China and have been used in traditional medicine for more than 6000 years. Around the late 1990s, scientists began to discover the substances in shiitakes responsible for their antioxidant and immune-boosting benefits. Shiitakes are also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals.
The shiitake, also called the Chinese black mushroom, is a large, golden to dark brown mushroom with an edible cap. Popular in Asian cuisine for centuries, it has gained popularity in the United States, where it's added to salads, soups and pastas. It's also meaty and flavorful enough to be used as the primary ingredient in sandwiches. Dried shiitakes can be stored in the freezer for up to six months.