Our indoor shiitake grow kits are an easy mushroom to grow at home and fruit well in all four seasons.
Shiitake pronounced shee-tah-kay are prized for their rich, strong, earthy taste and meaty texture. They are native to East Asia and considered a medicinal mushroom.
Shiitakes have been utilized for their health benefits in traditional Asian healing systems for centuries and thought to boost health and longevity, as well as improve circulation. They are high in minerals such as selenium, which is high in antioxidants and may have anti-inflammatory properties. Shiitake are naturally low in fat and calories, and are cholesterol-free. They are a good source of fiber, and provide vitamins A, B2, B12, C, and D, and minerals like magnesium, potassium, and zinc.
Dried shiitake have an umami flavour that’s even more intense than when fresh. Umami flavour can be described as savory or meaty. It’s often considered the fifth taste, alongside sweet, sour, bitter, and salty.
The stems of shiitake are too fibrous to eat, but they still pack a lot of flavour. Just a few stems can infuse a broth with rich flavours and earthy aromas. The stems are especially good in vegetable and broth-based soups. You can also dehydrate the stems and grind to a powder to use in many dishes. I make a shiitake salt which consists of 70% ground stems to 30% table salt.
*Price includes humidity bag and four skewers (indoor grow kit)
Prime fruiting temperature for Shiitake is between 10 – 26 celsius
Weight 3.5lbs – 1.58kg
*Use our grow kits to inoculate logs for outdoor growing or make a mushroom totem – instructions on our learn page