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Eden Foods Shiitake Mushrooms - Whole Dried, 0.88 Ounce

The finest donko grade. Small, young, tightly curled shiitake are treasured for their thick caps and spectacular flavor. Grown on oak logs in a natural forest habitat, hand harvested and sun-dried. A revered health food. Research indicates shiitake's unique polysaccharides may help to stimulate immune system strength. Rich in vitamin D and fiber, and a good source of niacin B3. Mushrooms are the only vegetable source of vitamin D and only the dried are a rich source. Kosher EDEN Shiitake Mushrooms are oak log grown on the 'shii' tree Pasania cuspidata or Quercus cuspidata, two species of central and southern Japan. Logs are cut in the fall at about eight inches in diameter. Spores are inserted in drilled logs are placed in pine forests for an ideal amount of sun, shade, and moisture. In about eighteen months shiitake emerge. They grow until the logs have largely decayed, usually four or five years. EDEN Shiitake Mushrooms are hand harvested when mature. The cap is thick, round, and tight. These are the finest grade of shiitake and are called 'donko'. Donko grade has the flavor that made shiitake the culinary star they are. Hand picked EDEN Shiitake are slowly dried enhancing their savory, sparkling flavor. Mushrooms are the only vegetable source of vitamin D. They contain the sterol ergosterol a precursor of vitamin D2, much like beta-carotene is a vegetable precursor of vitamin A. When exposed to light ergosterol is converted to vitamin D2. All mushrooms are a source of vitamin D2, but shiitake contain much more. The common button or white mushroom contain less than 1% daily value (DV) vitamin D per serving. EDEN EDEN Dried Whole Shiitake are an excellent source of vitamin D with 25% DV per serving. They are a good source of niacin B3 and fat and sodium free. According to the FDA, "Low fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables (foods that are low in fat and may contain dietary fiber, Vitamin A, or Vitamin C) may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease

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