Organic Maitake (Hen of the Woods) Mushrooms
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Fresh / 3 lbs (Domestic)
Fresh Maitake, or Hen of the Woods, mushrooms. Organically cultivated in pristine conditions.
Just the facts
- Cultivated mushrooms
- Certified organic
- Available all year
- Allergen: Contains mushrooms
- Product of the USA
- Keep refrigerated
- For best taste, store in the refrigerator and use or freeze within 3-5 days of receipt
Maitake is the Japanese name for Grifola frondosa, which is known in English as the Hen of the Woods, Ram’s or Sheep’s Head or Dancing Mushroom. We use the names “maitake” and “hen of the woods” interchangeably.
A coveted prize of mushroom foragers around the world, the maitake grows in a distinctive cluster of leaf-like, flattened caps that look a bit like the feathers of a hen. With firm, crunchy texture and fruity, earthy flavor, the hen of the woods mushroom is a favorite with chefs.
Cut away the connecting stem at the base and cook this mushroom simply – some butter or duck fat in a sauté pan is all you need. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste after cooking for sublime umami flavor. Maitake pairs well with roasted meats, chicken, cheese, greens and grains, and they can be roasted, grilled, sautéed, and added to your favorite mushroom recipes.
There is evidence that maitake mushrooms have immune boosting properties, and they are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Not only delicious, but healthy too!
Cooking & Serving
Cooking Methods: Sauté, Pan-Roast, Roast, Stew, Braise, cook en Papiotte
Cooking Tips: After opening, store any unused mushrooms in the box they came in or in a brown paper bag. Keeping the mushrooms in clusters will keep them fresher longer. Washing our cultivated mushrooms is not necessary and will change the texture. Simply trim the bottoms and they are ready for use in your favorite recipes. Maitake mushrooms have rich umami flavor that complements roasted meats and poultry, Asian dishes, dark leafy greens, and grains. We like to roast them with avocado oil and flake salt, or sauté them in miso-butter.