Shiitake mushroom is an edible mushroom known in Asian countries with ten times the flavor of a common button mushroom. These mushrooms are cultivated and dried, and consumed in different cuisine varieties. They are also the most popular cultivated specialty mushrooms. It is not just a delicacy, but contributes to essential medicinal factors as well that could treat certain ailments. According to the modern research, Shiitake Mushroom contains elements that may stimulate our immune system; it contains antibacterial properties; can reduce platelet aggregation; and possess antiviral properties.
Active Hexose Correlated Compound can be isolated in Shiitake Mushroom. Studies show that this compound may enhance immune system and could cure patients with hepatocellular carcinoma and prostate cancer. Lentinan, a polysaccharide, has the ability to reduce potential risk of tumor.
Shiitake Mushrooms have high level of protein (18%), potassium, niacin and B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
Methods of Cultivating Shiitakes Mushrooms:
Because of its meaty texture and woodsy flavor, shiitake mushrooms popularity has been worldly known. Different countries now considered cultivating shiitakes. The two methods of cultivating shiitakes are on all-natural hardwood logs and on sawdust blocks. Among the two methods the shiitakes grown from natural logs has the highest quality in the market.
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