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Shiitake mushroom

The shiitake is an edible mushroom native to East Asia.

Shiitake have many uses in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

They are served in miso soup, used as the basis for a kind of vegetarian dashi, and also as an ingredient in many steamed and simmered dishes.

In Thailand, they can be fried as well as steamed.

Shiitake are also one of a few known natural sources of vegan and kosher vitamin D (vitamin D2).

Shiitake mushrooms have been researched for their medicinal benefits, most notably their anti-tumor properties in laboratory mice.

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