Native to Japan, the “shii” refers to the tree, while “také” is the mushroom. Shiitake have no roots, leaves, blossoms, or seeds; thus can be called a fungus or mushroom. Shiitake provide many health benefits, some of which have been used in ancient medicine.


Shiitake have a rich texture and smoky flavour (particularly when they are dried) and second to the white button mushroom as the most commonly cultivated edible type of mushroom.



Health Benefits


  • Abundant in Vitamin D which is hugely beneficial which we normally obtain from sunlight and possess a hormone named calcitriol which has been found to enhance natural killer cell activity which could reduce the risk of breast cancer in women. (1)


  • Plentiful in vitamins A and C which are beneficial for the body in order to fight of infections, promote vision and build up natural immunity. (2)


  • Provides ergothioniene, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that inhibits oxidative stress and thus limits the risk of cancerous cells forming. (3)


  • Comprise of high levels of copper which is essential to human health as our body cannot produce this metal and helps reduce coronary heart disease by increasing and protecting red blood cells. (4)


  • Supplies the trace minerals: zinc and manganese which maintain the flow of blood around the body and help with metabolising amino acids in the body. (5)


  • Contains essential B vitamins such as B2 (thiamine), B5 (pantothenic Acid) and B6 pyridoxine) which provide the body with phytonutrients which help break down fats, carbs, and proteins. (6)



Shiitake Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, dried

  Amt. Per 
% Daily 
Calories 296
Calories from Fat 8
Total Fat 1 g 2%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 13 mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 75 g 25%
Dietary Fibre 11 g 46%
Sugar 2 g
Protein 10 g
Vitamin A 47% Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 16% Iron 8%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.





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