Maitake Mushrooms (Hen of the Woods), Dried
Hen of the woods / Grifola frondosa / Ram's head / Sheep's head / Chicken of the woods / Sulphur shelf
The name may not make you think so, but this is a manly man’s mushroom. Maitake mushroom tastes woodsy, with a tinge of clove or cinnamon flavor. Imagine the drydown of your father’s favorite cologne. Some may uncover a hint of sandalwood and ginger at the end.
A North American favorite on the East Coast, the Hen of the Woods mushroom grows in large, clustered masses that look like the feathery tails of chickens. (Hence the name.) They have an enjoyable flavor that possesses a subtle spice.
The Hen of the Woods mushroom pairs well with strongly flavored meats that have been smoked, grilled, or massaged with a potent spice rub. Of course, this shroom can also take the place of meat in pasta dishes, mixed grills, or tucked into tacos with a bit of pico de gallo and hot sauce.
|Ingredients||Dried maitake mushrooms.|
|Recommended Applications||The Hen of the Woods Mushroom is ideal served with a rich sauce, with poultry, fish, risotto, pasta, or smoked meats. A mild-flavor, with a firm texture makes this mushroom an easy substitute for meat in a main dish.|
|Basic Preparation||Rule of thumb, 1 oz. of dry mushrooms reconstitutes to 3-4 oz. of mushrooms. To prepare, start by rinsing the product in cold, running water to remove any debris. To reconstitute, put the desired amount of mushrooms to be used in a bowl, cover with boiling water and then let them soak for 15-20 minutes prior to draining.|
|Cuisine||American, Asian, Chinese, European, French|
|Handling / Storage||Store in a cool, dry place.|
|Shelf Life||1 Year|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Dietary Preferences||All Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO|
|Allergen Information||None Specified|