Shiitake mushrooms are commonly used in east Asian cuisine and also medicinally in some cultures. The Dong Gu (冬菇) variety is known as the best grade of Shiitake Mushroom, but this particular mushroom is cultivated in the winter - hence why it is called the 'Dong Gu' which means winter mushroom.
Shiitake mushrooms are grown on logs and particularly the 'Shii' tree, native to southern Japan and South Korea. Dong Gu are brown in colour and have a relatively smooth cap, compared to its cracked cousin - Hua Gu (花菇).
BENEFITS MAY INCLUDE:
- May contain anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
- Can assist with controlling blood sugar levels and reducing inflammation
- Contain an essential fatty acid, Linoleic acid, which may aid weight loss, build muscle, bone-building, digestion and reduce food allergies
- Can help fight obesity
- May assist and support immune functions
- Can assist with anti-cancerous properties
- May support cardiovascular health and promote healthy skin
- Can boost energy and brain function
- High in Vitamin D