Shiitakes are gourmet mushrooms that have an earthy flavor and meaty texture. They have a much more complex flavor compared to button mushrooms, and are prized for their rich, savory, butteriness that can also be described as umami. They are excellent in sautés, stir-fries, soups, stuffings, and risotto.
The mushrooms should be cleaned first, either by wiping the caps with a damp paper towel or quickly rinsing with cool water. The stems of fresh shiitake mushrooms are very tough and chewy, so they need to be removed with a paring knife. Save the stems to make mushroom or vegetable stock.
Country of Origin: France