Shiitake mushrooms are one of the most popular mushrooms worldwide. They are prized for their rich, savory taste and diverse health benefits. They're tan to dark brown, with caps that grow between 2 and 4 inches (5 and 10 cm).
Shiitake are edible mushrooms native to East Asia. While typically eaten like vegetables, shiitake are fungi that grow naturally on decaying hardwood trees.
Store mushrooms in their original packaging or in a porous paper bag for prolonged shelf-life. Some mushrooms may keep for up to one week in the refrigerator. Fresh mushrooms should never be frozen, but frozen sauteed mushrooms will keep for up to one month.