Shiitake mushrooms are one of the most popular mushrooms worldwide.

They are prized for their rich, savory taste and diverse health benefits.

Compounds in shiitakes may help fight cancer, boost immunity and support heart health.

This article explains everything you need to know about shiitake mushrooms.

What Are Shiitake Mushrooms?

Shiitakes are edible mushrooms native to East Asia.

They’re tan to dark brown in color, and the caps usually grow to between 2 and 4 inches (5 and 10 centimeters).

While typically used as vegetables, shiitakes are actually a fungus that grows naturally on decaying hardwood trees.

They’re also widely grown. 83% of shiitakes are grown in Japan, although the US, Canada, Singapore and China also produce them.

You can find them fresh, dried or in various dietary supplements.

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