Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinula edodes). Only the button mushroom is cultivated more than the shiitake, which is prized by cooks and herbalists alike. Shiitake is a forest mushroom native to Japan, China and Korea. The Japanese name — shiitake (shee-tah-ki) is derived from “shii” meaning 'shiia' the oak tree on which they grow and “ta-ke” meaning mushroom.
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