Maitake Mushrooms

Maitake mushrooms have a long and ancient history with medicinal properties well known in Eastern medicine for thousands of years. Today maitake is one of the most important mushrooms cultivated both for both culinary and medicinal uses.
Maitake is considered one of the “super foods” – those foods thought to have medicinal qualities in addition to food value. These foods are thought to have the ability to increase our natural vitality and physical energy.
Maitake is rich in antioxidants and contains polysaccharides which positively affect the immune system, the cardiovascular system. Maitake is said to aid in fighting cancer both through prevention and treatment.
Maitake mushrooms are known in Japan as “the dancing mushroom.” According to a Japanese legend, a group of Buddhist nuns and woodcutters met on a mountain trail, where they discovered a fruiting of maitake mushrooms emerging from the forest floor. Rejoicing at their discovery of this delicious mushroom, they danced to celebrate.
These mushrooms have a rich flavor and they will go well in any of your favorite mushroom recipes including quiches, soups, stir fries, and with fish, meat chicken or soy.
Before cooking, cut away the growing material from the bottom of the mushrooms