Lentinula Edodes

Common Names: Shiitake, Oakwood









Lentinula edodes, commonly known as Shiitake mushroom, is a prized culinary fungus celebrated for its rich umami flavor and versatile culinary applications. With its meaty texture and distinctive taste, Shiitake mushrooms are widely used in various cuisines around the world. They add a delightful savory note to stir-fries, soups, sauces, and many other dishes. Beyond their delicious taste, Shiitake mushrooms are also known for their potential health benefits. They are a good source of essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. Additionally, Shiitake mushrooms contain bioactive compounds such as polysaccharides and antioxidants, which are believed to have immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. Whether enjoyed in stir-fries, soups, or as a topping on pizzas and salads, Shiitake mushrooms bring a depth of flavor and culinary versatility to a wide range of dishes, making them a beloved ingredient in many culinary traditions.



Rich and savory flavor, often described as brothy or meaty



A unique chewy texture when cooked



A rich, earthy aroma

Physical Characteristics


Convex cap with a wide range of colors from light brown to dark brown


Off-white to cream-colored gills

Helps With

Immune System

Shiitake mushrooms contain compounds that can enhance the immune system.

Heart Health

Certain compounds in shiitake mushrooms may promote heart health.

Oxidative Stress

Shiitake mushrooms are a good source of antioxidants that can help protect against oxidative stress.


Shiitake mushrooms may have beneficial effects on the digestive system.


Shiitakes could directly reduce inflammatory symptoms caused by immune-related arthritis, and maitake mushrooms have immune-boosting properties.2 Medicinal mushroom extracts are packed with antioxidants that break down free radicals to help the body stay healthy.

Medicinal Chemistry

Look Alike Species

look alike species


Agaricus bisporus



Differences:Agaricus bisporus has a more rounded cap and lacks the distinctive gill pattern of Lentinula Edodes.

Nutrition Facts (Raw)

Serving Size 100 g
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.5 g1%
Saturated Fat 0.1 g1%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg0%
Sodium 9 mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 4.3 g2%
Dietary Fiber 2.5 g9%
Total Sugars 2.4 g
Protein 2.2 g4%
Vit A 0 µg 0%B1 0 mg 0%
B2 0.2 mg 15%B3 3.9 mg 24%
B6 0.3 mg 18%B9 13 µg 3%
B12 0 mg 0%Vit C 0.2 mg 0%
Vit D 0.45 µg 2%Vit E 0 mg 0%
Vit K 0 µg 0%Calcium 2 mg 0%
Copper 0.1 mg 11%Iron 0.4 mg 2%
Mg 0 mg 0%Mn 0.2 mg 9%
Phosph. 112 mg 9%Pot. 304 mg 6%
Selenium 5.7 µg 10%Zinc 1 mg 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


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