Do you love mushrooms? If you do, consider adding Shiitake mushrooms to your diet. Shiitake mushrooms are not only one of the most delicious of all mushrooms, with a meaty texture and smoky flavor that many people compare to steak, it is also a medicinal mushroom that has been prescribed in Asian countries for centuries for such ailments as liver disorders, poor circulation, impotence, headache, worms, gout, high blood pressure, viral infections like herpes, hemorrhoids, worms, measles, cold, flu, sinus problems and headaches.
The reason that this mushroom is such a healer is because it contains a substance called beta-gluten. This a natural sugar that has powerful immune boosting qualities that are so powerful that they can fight cancer. Shiitake mushrooms also contain an important amino acid called eritadenine, which helps lower cholesterol levels drastically. In total, there are over 50 different enzymes in shiitake mushrooms that have been known to fight all kinds of conditions, including HIV, cancer, arthritis and diabetes.
The mushroom is large, meaty, and perfect for grilling with butter or oil in a frying pan. Part of its appeal is that it is very fragrant and meaty and that it goes very well herbs like rosemary, parsley and garlic. They are quite easy to find in North American grocery stores and markets nowadays but be aware that they are also sold under the names Oriental Black, Chinese Black, Golden Oak and Black Forest Mushroom. You can buy them fresh, which is best if you want to take advantage of all of the healing constituents in the mushroom, but you can also buy them dried. The dried mushrooms are excellent for adding into soups, stews and sauces.
Shiitake mushrooms are also a great meat substitute for vegetarians because they are practically a whole food. They are a good source of vitamins A and C as well as niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, potassium and iron. They are also a natural source of protein and vitamin D.
Here are some ideas as to how to add this nutritious food to your diet.
- Serve sliced shiitakes with butter and parsley over toast. Simply fry up the shiitakes in a bit of butter with parsley and serve over your favorite toasted bread. The fact that shitakes taste a bit like meat makes this taste like a hot beef sandwich. Try eating this with a bit of mustard or horseradish on the side.
- Add sliced shiitake mushrooms to any egg dish. Shiitakes go well in omelets, scrambled eggs, fritattas and quiches. It is a good idea to brown the shiitakes in a bit of butter, coconut oil or olive oil before you add them to the eggs.
- Add sliced shiitake mushrooms and sliced green onions to miso soup. Make this even more flavorful by adding a bit of soy sauce and a dash of red chili oil.
- Chop up shiitakes and add them to the top of a pizza along with rapini and Gorgonzola cheese. Shiitake mushrooms also go well with pepper strips, spinach, ground turkey, ground beef and both white or red pizza sauces. White cheeses like Bononcini, mozzarella or cream cheese go best with this strong tasting mushroom.
- Toss a handful of dried shiitake mushrooms into rice water, soups and stews to give it a stronger flavor.
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