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Lentinus

   Lentinula is a small genus of wood-inhabiting agarics. Dry Shiitake contains at least 20% protein by weight, and are high in trace minerals and B vitamins. Shiitake is a delicious and healthful mushroom. Shiitake grows wild throughout the Far East where it is found on decaying trees. Cultivation of Shiitake on oak logs has been practiced for centuries in Japan.

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Shiitake, Black forest mushroom (Lentinus edodes)

 
   A shiitake mushroom is an edible fungus native to Asia and grown in forests. Like other mushrooms, shiitakes are as mysteriously unique as they are delicious. While often thought of as a vegetable and prepared like one, mushrooms are actually fungi, a special type of living organism that has no roots, leaves, flowers or seeds. Shiitake mushrooms are the second most commonly cultivated edible mushrooms in the world. Extracts from the mushroom, and sometimes the whole dried mushroom, are used in herbal remedies. They can be grown year-around indoors and out; on hardwood logs or blocks of sawdust; with a concerted all-out effort or just casually.
Description:
   Shiitake mushrooms have brown, slightly convex caps that range in diameter from about two to four inches in diameter. The scientific name for shiitake mushroom is Lentinus edodes.
 

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