Why Chinese Shiitake are beautiful and cheap?
How are Japanese Shiitake grown?
You can see Flower Shiitake mushroom (花菇), which had grown in China in many cities in Asia. Chinese people grow Shiitake on mixed wood shavings in plastic bags, which are artificially grown in a greenhouse. When moisture does not directly fall on the surface of the Shiitake's umbrella, cracks appear during growth. The crack of the Shiitake remains white if moisture does not fall on the Shiitake umbrella until harvesting. Greenhouse cultivation, harvesting Flower Shiitake mushroom in large quantities cheaply becomes easy, but with inferior taste and quality..
On the other hand, our Japanese Shiitake grows naturally in a forest. In Japan, we cultivate Shiitake on a natural sweet sap oak log in the woods. Our Shiitake are completely exposed to Nature, and there is no protection on the top or around the Shiitake. The growers use a 1,000-year-old Japanese approach to grow sustainable Sweet Sap Oak (sawtooth oak) Tree logs that are recognized in Japan as producing the best-tasting and textured Shiitake. In the spring, seedlings will grow from sawtooth oak stumps. Thus, the oak trees on the mountain will regrow after a period of time. Very Sustainable.
No chemicals/insecticides used in cultivation and production. Japanese Sweet Sap Oak gives Shiitake a distinctive sweet and deep flavor. Shiitake grown slowly in low temperatures, nurtured by rain and fog, produces an outstanding firm texture. Forest-grown Shiitake's taste and texture are maximized by nature. Our flowered shiitake are called Hana Donko, which can only be found in naturally protected growth areas, such as under the tree logs. A true rare and delicious delicacy!