“Shiitake” is an edible mushroom very common in Asia. It is one of those things I always buy when I go to the supermarket, it’s yummy and you can put it together with almost whatever: pasta with shiitake, soup with shiitake, asparagus with shiitake, whatever with shiitake :). Shiitake has tons of vitamin D, and you can always find it in any supermarket all over the year since it is a species that can be cultivated pretty easily.
The other day I saw for the first time how “shiitake” are cultivated:

shiitake mushroom

shiitake mushroom

  • Tornadoes28

    December 17, 2008 at 10:04 am

    There are some restaurants in Japan where they will bring those logs with the mushrooms still on them to your table and you can pick them off and eat them right there.

  • NPC

    December 18, 2008 at 5:43 am

    I don’t know about Japan but in California if you go around picking mushrooms you won’t wake up the next day. Only professionals can identify edible mushrooms amongst the vast array of wild species and even then a few end up eating the wrong mushroom.

  • alafista

    December 18, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    I went to a mushroom farm once, they were really cool. They used wood shavings to grow those mushrooms.