Shiitake mushrooms are commonly used in east Asian cuisine and also, medicinally in some cultures. The Hua Gu (花菇) variety are usually grown on oak logs all year round. The 'medicinal mushroom' ranges in colour from tan to dark brown and it's spongy texture looks slightly cracked.
The Chinese have always regarded mushrooms as having special properties, Mushrooms are believed to nourish the body's spirit. The Shiitake mushroom was once only available by a wild harvest, but is now the second most commonly grown mushroom in the world.
BENEFITS MAY INCLUDE:
Contains 8 amino acids which are ideal for human nutrition
Can assist with heart disease and sexually transmitted diseases
May help lower blood pressure
Can assist with fighting viral infections
May help improve liver function
Can assist with weight loss
May support and treat poor blood circulation
Can help cure weakness and prevent exhaustion
The most traditional way to eat Shiitake mushrooms is in soup. However, there are many different ways to incorporate mushrooms into your diet.
Why not make a hearty spinach and shiitake mushroom quiche?
Try adding some Hua Gu to miso soup for an extra kick of nutrients.
You can create a brown rice or quinoa bowl with shiitake mushrooms, garlic, grated lemon zest and extra-virgin olive oil.
Consult a qualified herbalist, nutritionist or physician for advice before consumption.
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