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maitake (マイタケ)

Language: Japanese - Romaji

Description: "Dancing mushrooom." Hen of the woods or maitake mushroom. The hen of the woods ia frilled fungus with many caps that grows on trees and which is edible when it is very young. This mushroom is quite fragrant and versatile, and is delicious in Western cuisine as well as in Japanese. It is widely cultivated, appearing in autumn (US: fall). It is apparently known as hen of the woods because its texture is similar to that of chicken breast. (If gathering mushrooms you must be absolutely certain what you have before you eat them as many are very poisonous.)

Maitake, or hen of the woods, with many thanks to Amelia Dutton, who sells these beautiful mushrooms at Hillcrest Farmers' Market, near San Diego

Latin: Grifola frondosa (Dicks:Fr.) S.F.Gray/Boletus frondosus/Polyporus frondosus (Dicks.) Fr.
Ethnicity: Japanese
Most frequent country: Japan

Substitutes: oyster mushroom, shiitake

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