Maitake is a mushroom native to Japan with a robust, earthy flavor; this variety can grow up to 50 pounds. They are a good source of immune-system enhancing Beta Glucan, as well as niacin, vitamins B2 and D2, calcium, potassium, magensium and fiber. Find them at gourmet and Japanese markets. It is an unusually shaped Asian mushroom - it grows multiple long stems from the base upwards as it forms a large leafy head.
This clustered mushroom looks like a cross between an open-faced flower and a speckled chicken but instead of the chicken’s blacks and whites, the maitake is colored with elegant creams and grays.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Conserving and Storing
Can be stored in air tight container in refrigerator for 2-3 days.