Shiitake Mushrooms – They are also referred to as black forest mushrooms or Oakwood mushrooms due to the fact that they grow on trees or “mushroom logs”. Very popular in Asian cuisine, cooking shiitake mushrooms allows their true flavor to come out.
Oyster Mushrooms – They get their name from their, very large fragile ear shaped, that come in shades of white and gray.
Storage and Handling:Shiitake Mushrooms
- Will last up to 14 days when they are properly stored at 34-36 degrees in a brown paper bag
- Do not soak shiitakes as they will absorb water very quickly and become soft and mushy.
- Oyster Mushrooms are very fragile mushrooms
- They should be stored at 34-36 degrees in a brown paper bag
- They should be used within 3-5 days of purchase as they do perish quickly
Preparation and Serving Suggestions
- Shiitake Mushrooms – They work well in stir-fries, soups, and side dishes
- Oyster Mushrooms – Very light flavor, used in stir-fries and used dishes at the end of cooking to add a hint of flavor.
- Shiitake Mushrooms – They have the earthiness and flavor of wild mushrooms, with a slightly meaty taste
- Oyster Mushrooms – They have a smooth texture and subtle, oyster-like flavor.