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Herbal medicine
A mushroom that contains B vitamins, cortinelin (an antibacterial) and lentinan (­a polysaccharide complex that stimulates the immune system). Shiitake has been used as a medicinal mushroom for upper respiratory diseases, poor circulation, liver disease, exhaustion and weakness, and to boost qi/chi. It is also said to prevent premature ageing, hypertension, AIDS and the occurrence of hang nails.
Fringe oncology
Shiitake mushrooms have been used for cancer via proprietary extracts (e.g., PSK, Lentinan).

Dubious at best.


n See lentinan.
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You can find shiitake mushrooms in most grocery stores.
You begin by pan-searing the raw spears in a hot pan to get a little color on them, adding shiitake mushrooms and shrimp, then flavoring it all with ginger, garlic, chili slices and oyster sauce.
My favorite way to eat shiitakes is mixed with scrambled eggs.
The easiest culinary mushrooms to grow at home are oysters, shiitake, wine caps and portobellos, but many more possibilities exist (see "Mushroom Kit Resources," Page 89).
org), introducing shiitake log production to small-scale oyster-mushroom farmers, most of them women, in West Africa.
Local Shiitake Mushroom Puff from Early Girl Eatery Serves 6 Ingredients: 2 tbs butter 10 ozs portobello mushrooms, chopped 10 ozs local shiitake mushrooms, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 bunch chives, chopped 1 tbs heavy cream 3 egg yolks 1/2 tbs fresh parsley, minced Salt and pepper to taste 1-2 ozs local goat cheese, crumbled Raspberry vinaigrette (see recipe below) Instructions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Six recipe categories include Classics, such as Trout Almandine and Fish and Chips; Simple Suppers "that can be prepared in just a few minutes without a lot of fuss," including Broiled Red Snapper with Rosemary, as well as Roast Sea Bass with Shiitake Mushrooms and Baby Corn; and recipes for Special Occasions: On the Grill, Hearty Dishes, and Shellfish.
The shiitakes, gaining a reputation as the healthiest of the bunch, contain lentinan, which has been reported to have cancer-fighting powers.
Chris Kurth, owner of Siena Farms in Sudbury, takes the cultivated shiitakes to the Copley Square Farmers Market in Boston, where they sell for $20 a pound.
shiitake mushroom caps, rinsed and halved, or halved button mushrooms About 1/2 tsp.
Both ramps and shiitake mushrooms grow in moist, shaded areas, so select a site for them in the woods or along the shadiest side of your house or an outbuilding.
Shiitakes contain a water-soluble antitumor polysaccharide, called "lentinan," that prevents tumor development from viruses and chemicals.