Shiitake mushrooms are native to China where it has been cultivated for over 100 years, typically this mushroom is cultivated on the shii tree.Â The first written record of a shiitake can be traced to Wu Sang Kwuang, born during the Sung Dynasty 960-1127 A.D.Â Some documents, however, record the mushroom being eaten as early as 199 A.D.
Shiitake mushrooms are found in a variety of cultures & cuisines.Â Russia produces and consumes large amounts of shiitakes, although they are mostly sold pickled.Â Of course the shiitake has its home in Chinese & Japanese cuisines where you will find it in miso soup.Â
Shiitake mushrooms are commonly sold dried in preserved packages.Â All you need to do to re-hydrate them is to soak them in water prior to using.Â I prefer the fresh shiitakes myself,Â they have a better, more full-flavored taste.Â
Now that we know more about this much-revered mushroom, let’s take advantage of our knowledge with the ‘Shabang! Shiitake & Brie Pizza Recipe’ post soon to follow.