Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) is a mushroom native to Southeast Asia. It is said that in China and Japan it has been cultivated for over 2000 years and as in other cases its consumption spread to the West and it is currently the most consumed mushroom in the world after the champignon.
It is a mushroom that grows naturally on the decaying wood of some hardwood trees, especially oak, but also chestnut, beech or holm oak. It’s said its name comes from the japanese roots shii which means “oak” and take “mushroom”.
Preliminary studies suggest that Shiitake:
Contains the highest fiber content of all cultivated mushrooms
Helps restore digestive comfort
Its proteins, although moderate, are quite balanced in essential amino acids.
Contains a wide variety of B vitamins, especially B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9
Highlights its contribution of copper, which strengthens the immune system and helps fight inflammatory processes
Contains antioxidant substances that slow down aging