How dried shiitake mushrooms can fuel your body and support immune function all year long
If you live in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, then you can get your hands on fresh shiitake mushrooms from us any time.
However, fresh mushrooms aren’t always desired; sometimes people want dried gourmet mushrooms. Why? Because dried gourmet mushrooms store well and can be used whenever the culinary interest arises.
The benefits of dried shiitake mushrooms
There are a number of reasons to eat dried shiitake mushrooms.
For instance, shiitake mushrooms contain eight essential amino acids, which are needed to form proteins in our bodies. These essential amino acids are not formed in the body, so it’s necessary to get them through the food we eat.
A 2015 study showed the efficacy of shiitake mushrooms for improving human immunity. The study, entitled Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults, concludes that shiitake mushroom consumption “resulted in improved immunity, as seen by improved cell proliferation and activation and increased sIgA production.” sIgA is responsible for inhibiting inflammation in mucous membranes and protects immunoglobulin.
Dried shiitake mushrooms against blood pressure increase and cancer
A study from 2006, entitled Inhibition of growth and induction of apoptosis in human cancer cell lines by an ethyl acetate fraction from shiitake mushrooms, suggests that shiitake mushrooms help induce apoptosis and inhibit the growth of tumor cells. Apoptosis is the natural process of cell death that is necessary in the growth and development of organisms. When apoptosis fails to take place, that’s when cancerous cells develop.
A study from 1987, entitled Effect of shiitake (Lentinus edodes) and maitake (Grifola frondosa) mushrooms on blood pressure and plasma lipids of spontaneously hypertensive rats, showed that “ Shiitake feeding resulted in a decrease in VLDL- and HDL-cholesterol”. Overall, the study suggests that “dietary mushrooms prevent blood pressure increase in hypertension.”
Dried shiitake mushrooms and vitamin D
Shiitakes are a great source of vitamin D. Interestingly enough, if you expose the shiitake mushrooms to sunlight with the gills up, their vitamin D levels increase significantly. The increased levels of vitamin D have been shown to be more than 1,000 times greater after eight hours of exposure.
That’s why our dried shiitake mushrooms are sun dried for at least eight hours and then finished off in low heat.
Reconstitution of dried shiitake mushrooms
Have you ever reconstituted dried gourmet mushrooms before? It’s really simple! In case you haven’t, here is a step-by-step process for you:
- Place your dried mushrooms in a large bowl. Use a large bowl because as they reconstituted they will get much larger than their current size.
- Add water, stock, or wine until the mushrooms are covered.
- Allow the mushrooms to sit for 15 – 20 minutes until they become plump.
- Drain the liquid out. Keep the flavorful liquid for use in soups, curries, sauces or stocks.
- You’re done! Get to cooking!
Dried shiitake mushrooms are a great option for dried gourmet mushroom lovers. Buy a jar of dried shiitake mushrooms from us, in either 1 oz, 4 oz, of 1/2 pound offers, and start improving your health through medicinal mushrooms today!