Maitake mushrooms (aka Hen of the Woods, Kumotake) grow in tight clusters of thin, cap-less fronds. They have a rich, woodsy flavor that makes them a great all-purpose mushroom (and are one of the Asian varieties most adaptable to Western flavors).
Their texture varies from base to frond. They are firm and at the bottom body of the mushroom, and slightly brittle and crumbly at the fronds. The firm base helps these mushrooms hold together when sautéing, stir frying or deep frying.
Dried mushrooms are a great value. It takes about 5 pounds of fresh mushrooms to create 8 ounces of dried mushrooms.
* Domestic, non-organic dried maitake mushrooms are available via special order. Contact us to request them!