Maitake Mushrooms (Hen of the Woods), Dried

Hen of the woods / Grifola frondosa / Ram's head / Sheep's head

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.

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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.

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IngredientsDried maitake mushrooms.
Recommended ApplicationsThe 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 PreparationRule 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.
Product StyleWhole
CuisineAmerican, Asian, Chinese, European, French
Handling / StorageStore in a cool, dry place.
Shelf Life1 Year
Country of OriginChina
Dietary PreferencesAll Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO
Allergen InformationNone Specified


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