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Dried Hana Donko Shiitake Mushrooms Giftbox - 115g


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100% Dried Shiitake Mushroom

For allergens, see ingredients in bold.

Energy 280 kcal (1167 kJ), Fat 1.9g of which saturates 0.05g, Carbohydrate 25.8g of which sugars 0.8g, Protein 17.1g, Salt 0.03g

Rehydrating your Shiitake Mushrooms couldn’t be simpler.

As they are gown naturally outside, it’s advisable to give them a wash before fully submersing them in cold water.

They should then be kept at a temperature of less than 10ºC for 6 - 24 hours.

The stem of the mushroom is the toughest part, so the best way to know if your mushrooms are ready is to give it a light squeeze. If you need to speed the process up, you can soak the mushrooms in cold water for an hour, then remove the stems and return to soak for another hour. The mushrooms will absorb a lot of liquid through the cut surface.

Stems should be finely chopped before use, caps are used whole or sliced.

As the mushrooms have been exposed to the elements outside in the forest, the broth that is left over – or Dashi – has a very deep, rich flavour and makes a superb Umami-boosting ingredient in many dishes.

"Hana" Donko is our most premium dried Shiitake in terms of taste, texture, and appearance. Each individual shiitake mushroom is exposed to different micro-climatic conditions that produce distinctive shapes, colours and patterns on the surface of the mushroom.

Hana Donko means “Flower Shiitake”, so called because the unique location in which these mushrooms grow, often on the underside of logs, means they are not exposed to rainfall or excessive moisture. This allows them to develop a beautiful white cracking pattern on their surface, that resembles an open flower.

Shiitake displaying this pattern are considered the most delicious, with the best aroma. This pattern can be easy to create in the controlled environment of a greenhouse it is much rarer in a forest environment, where the best flavoured and textured shiitake are found.

A gift box of premium shiitake mushrooms

This beautifully presented gift box contains 14 Hana Donko Shiitake Mushrooms ranging in size from 42 to 55mm.

Our premium dried Shiitake Mushrooms are naturally cultivated on special oak logs in the forests of Kyushu, a Southern Island of Japan. These Donko Shiitake are organic, forest-grown and dehydrated to a moisture content of less than 9% for maximum umami impact. This special growing process gives these mushrooms a deep and unique flavour that compliments their outstanding firm texture. 

Our partners, Sugimoto Shoten work with registered growers growing shiitake to the highest standards. They were awarded the 2020 Sustainability Award by the Japanese Government for their 15-year cycle for shiitake growing: 15-year-old freshly cut oak logs are impregnated with spawn, and after two years of dormancy the logs will fruit twice a year for 5 years. Used logs are then naturally decomposed in the forest by rhinoceros beetles. Seedlings grow from the cut stumps of the trees, and after 15 years they are ready to be cut again for logs. 

Packed with natural umami

Dried shiitake is the ultimate umami booster: while Glutamate and Inosinate are widely recognised as Umami-boosters, the chemical reaction that occurs when you rehydrate these mushrooms produces enough Guanylate to intensify the Glutamate Umami by around 7-8 times – that’s a big difference on the palate.

Once rehydrated, these dried shiitake mushrooms add a delicious savoury element to soups, stir fries, mixed rice and other dishes. As the mushrooms have been exposed to the elements outside in the forest, the soaking water that is left over – or Dashi – has a very deep, rich taste and makes a superb Umami-boosting ingredient in many dishes such as vegan miso soup.

Gift Box - 115g

After opening, place in a sealed container and store in a cool dry place.
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