Lentinus edodes; oak, Chinese or black forest
Popularized by Asian cuisines, their rich, woodsy flavor is great in stir-fry's, pastas, soups and entrees. They're tan to dark brown with umbrella-like caps, open veils and tan gills. The stem is tough and should be cut off before cooking.
Look for mushrooms with a fresh, smooth appearance free of bruises or soft spots. Shiitakes are frequently used in Asian dishes but they have a rich, earthy flavor perfect for sauces, pizzas and soups and that adds depth to roasts and stews.
Storage and Handling
Ostrom's shiitake mushrooms don't have to be used immediately. They'll stay fresh for up to 14 days if you keep them refrigerated. Store bulk mushrooms in a paper bag in the refrigerator. If you purchase Ostrom's shiitake mushrooms in our shrink-wrapped package, it's a good idea to open up the top, remove the plastic wrap from cup mushrooms and cover loosely with a paper towel.
Don't forget! You do not have to wash, soak or peel shiitake mushrooms. Simply wipe clean with a damp paper towel immediately before using, you can trim the stems if they appear dry.