Maitake Mushrooms Dried
Also Known As: Hen-of-the-Woods, Sheep's Head, Ram's Head, Dancing Mushroom, King of Mushrooms, Monkey's Bench or Shelf Fungi
Taste and Aroma: Rich, intense mushroom and earthy flavors.
Uses: Maitake Mushrooms pair well with hearty stews, meat, rice dishes, soups and stir-fry.
Substitutes:Mushroom Powder Blend, Shiitake Mushrooms Dried, Porcini Mushrooms Dried, Oyster Mushrooms Dried, Forest Blend Dried Mushrooms
Health Values: Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms have been used in Eastern medicine for strengthening the immune system. Maitake is rich in minerals (potassium, calcium, and magnesium), vitamins (B2, D2 and niacin), fiber and amino acids.
Preparation: To reconstitute mushrooms, rinse under cold water, then place mushrooms in a bowl, cover with boiling water and soak for 15-20 minutes. Or add to a dish that will cook for at least 20 minutes. Drain the mushrooms and enjoy.
Fun Fact: Mushrooms don't need sunshine to grow and thrive. Some of the earliest commercial mushroom farms were actually set up in caves in France during the reign of King Louis XIV (1638-1715).