Shimeji Mushroom

Hypsizygus marmoreus


BASICS & HOW-TO

CULINARY INFO

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BASICS & HOW-TO

BEST BET: ASIAN GROCERY STORES

Buna- and bunapi-shimeji mushrooms (brown and white varieties respectively) are increasingly common in grocery stores, but are most common in Asian grocery stores or in areas with large East Asian or Italian populations. Look for them in the produce section along with other mushrooms, often in cellophane-like micro-porous plastic packages.

In parts of North America, Europe, and East Asia, buna-shimeji can be found growing wild.  That being said, they are far more easily obtained from commercial operations, especially given their habit of growing high up on a tree.

Because they are cultivated indoors, shimeji mushrooms are in season year-round.



CULINARY INFO

Cooked shimeji mushrooms have a mild, slightly nutty flavour. They can be a little bitter, even when cooked, but most modern cultivated varieties have been chosen to eliminate as much of this as possible.

Brown and white shimeji mushrooms have fairly interchangeable flavours, though the brown ones may be very slightly more bitter.  Wild brown shimeji mushrooms are likely to be more bitter than the cultivated forms.



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Shimeji mushrooms are high in niacin (35% d.v.), fiber, and protein.



RECIPES

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  • Bacon wrapped shimeji mushroom kushiyaki with a homemade tare sauce - Diversivore.com
    Bacon-wrapped Shimeji Mushroom Kushiyaki
    Bacon's never a bad idea. Especially not when it gets to partner with a fantastic, flavourful, just-sweet-enough Japanese tare (teriyaki) sauce.
  • Kitsune Nabe - a Japanese stew or hotpot made with fried tofu, quail eggs, shirataki noodles, shimeji mushrooms, and chrysanthemum greens - Diversivore.com
    Kitsune Nabe - Japanese Stew with Tofu Puffs
    Fried tofu, mushrooms, chrysanthemum greens, quail eggs and shirataki swim in a rich dashi and red miso broth.
  • Stir Fried Udon with Chicken, Shimeji, and Broccolini - Japanese ingredients with a Chinese twist - Diversivore.com
    Udon Noodles with Chicken, Broccolini, and Shimeji Mushrooms
    Chinese flavours with Japanese ingredients - a great combination with big flavour that's ready in no time.