Other names: Chinese Black Mushroom
Availability: All year.
Source: United States
Handling Tips: 36° F, keep cold and dry. Do not wash. Wipe clean
General Information: Now widely grown commercially, it is probably the most popular of the "exotic" mushrooms. Its distinct aroma and flavor make it a memorable morsel. Works well with red meats, in particular. Chop its stems for soup stock. Shiitake is a good source of fiber and B vitamins.