Magical Medicinal Mushrooms
No I am not talking about Psilocybe cubensis, heheheh, which is another story altogether. I am referring to Lentinula Edodes –better known in the states as Shiitake- but also goes by the anglo names of black forest mushroom and oakwood mushroom, to name a few. So why so magical, medicinal? Well, these edible fungi have been cultivated for thousands of years, and have a long history of medicinal use throughout China, Korea, and Japan. Today’s research shows that this mushroom possesses antibacterial and antiviral properties, and contains compounds that directly enhance immune function. As well, the Shiitake is a source of a multitude of valuable nutrients.
basic nutritional breakdown:
Excellent source of B vitamins including B3, B5, B6 & B2
Very good source of manganese, phosphorus, selenium, copper, & zinc
Good source of protein, potassium, magnesium, fiber & vitamin D
photo: Linda Van Hagen