Other names: Bunapi, White Beech
General Information: The general term "Shimeji" refers to about 20 species of mushrooms which contributes to a great deal of confusion among both mycologists (mushroom scientists) and chefs. The Buna shimeji, sometimes refered to as Hon shimeji, is highly esteemed in Japan where cultivation techniques were first developed. The Bunapi or White Beech mushroom, is a white strain of the same species. In nature, shimeji grows on wood, often on beech trees hence the common name Beech Mushroom.
The cooked mushroom has a pleasant, firm, slightly crunchy texture and a delicious slightly nutty flavor.