Shiitake mushrooms have been a part of everyday life in Asian countries for over a thousand years. In addition to being used in meal preparation, this species is also an important part of traditional medicine in these countries.
Also known as Lentinula Edodes, Shiitake mushrooms are the second most consumed species in the world. This food has also won people over in Portugal, becoming one of the most eaten mushroom species.
Shiitake mushrooms have a slightly smoky flavour and a very fleshy texture. They are very versatile and can be eaten raw, sautéed, grilled, roasted, or boiled.
This species is ideal as part of a healthy diet. Shiitake mushrooms have immense water, which makes them extremely satiating and low in calories.
As well as being a great side dish to serve with meals, these mushrooms are mostly known for their medicinal and healing properties. Shiitake is an excellent source of iron, protein, and dietary fibre. Furthermore, this type of mushroom is also rich in folic acid, magnesium, selenium, and vitamin B-complex and vitamin-C complex.
Several studies have been carried out over the last few years so as to understand the medicinal properties of this food. It has been scientifically proven that the consumption of Shiitake mushrooms helps increase the average life expectancy. They are even one of the symbols of longevity in Asian countries.
It has already been proven that these mushrooms have anti-inflammatory properties and help eliminate the excessive amount of salt in the body.