Light brown trumpet-shaped caps resting on tender white stems, It
has a hearty flavor and meaty texture, a fabulous addition to almost
any dish. The dried shiitakes can absorb cooking sauce and add a
unique flavor to your favorite meal. Shiitake has become the second
popular mushrooms in the world.
Besides it taste,
shiitake is highly nutritional. It richly contains various elements
(such as Fe, Zn, Mn, K, P, N etc), nutritionally essential amino
acids (Arginine, Leucine, Phenylalanine, Valine, etc), crude protein
and fibres, Vitamin D, etc.
one of the most thoroughly researched and documented medicinal mushrooms.
It is the source of two important components with proven pharmacological
effects--LEM (Lentinus edodes mycelium extract) and Lentinin. They
have demonstrated strong antitumor activity. Like many medicinal
mushrooms, Shiitake acts by enhancing various immune system functions
rather than attacking the tumor cells directly. It is used medically
for any disease involving depressed immune function such as cancer,
AIDS, environmental allergies, yeast infections, and frequent flu
and colds. Also, shiitake contains compounds effective in lowering
cholesterol and treating high blood pressure.