Nameko mushrooms (Pholiota nameko) are, after shiitake, the most widely cultivated and consumed mushrooms in Japan. Its name in Japanese means “slug mushroom”, as a thin gelatinous film covers its entire body. The nameko is a mushroom that grows in groups, sometimes very numerous, on the stumps or fallen trunks of broad-leaved trees. It is a fairly productive mushroom but it requires very specific conditions to bear fruit, so great knowledge and experience is needed to cultivate it.
Preliminary studies suggest that Nameko:
Has great antioxidant power
Strengthens the immune system
Improves the function of the nervous system
Produces antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds
Protects the health of the bone system
Stimulates insulin production and its regulation in the body