Fresh Maitake Mushrooms
Picture of Fresh Maitake Mushrooms

From Livesey Brothers, Lowerfields Mushroom Farm, Packington, Leics.

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Maitake, otherwise known as Grifola frondosa, is a polypore mushroom. It is a unique mushroom and recognisable by its unusual fronds, giving it a floral appearance. In Japanese folk law, the Maitake mushroom was so prized due to its sensational taste, when it was found, people would dance with joy, hence why it is now often called “the dancing mushroom”.

The Maitake mushroom has a very rich, savoury taste, which adds an extra zest to dishes. Maitake vamps up any dish.  Salt really makes the flavours in Maitake come to life, so cook with a little cheese or bacon to really emphasize the Maitake's taste. The longer the mushroom is cooked, the more intense the flavour. Maitake is very simple to prepare and almost all of the mushroom can be used, meaning there is little wastage. It cooks quickly and can be sauteed or baked.

Maitake Mushrooms

Maitake has been used in Chinese medicine to treat illnesses for centuries. It contains vitamin B1, otherwise known as thiamine, which helps to keep the nervous system healthy. The maitake mushroom also contains vitamin B2, riboflavin, which assists in keeping the eyes, skin and nervous system healthy. They also contain vitamin D, which helps to keep bones and teeth healthy. These attributes make Maitake an ideal addition to a healthy diet.