Maitake, Goji, and Leek Rye Toast | 滋阴舞茸京葱黑麦吐司

You might know it as Hen-of-the-wood or even sheep’s head, but to most Asians, this mushroom variety is called maitake. Literally translating to “dancing mushroom,” this healthy fungal delicacy can be found in Japanese hardwood forests, as well as in parts of China, Europe, and North America.

Maitake mushrooms have a fairly soft texture. The white, tough base grows into numerous feathery leaves – those can simply be pulled apart once removed from the stem, no knife required!

Maitake have a strong earthy mushroom flavor and a rich flavor that makes them perfect for sautéing. The main maitake season is between September and October, but they can be found on farmers’ markets both in the States almost all-year-round.

Written by Five Seasons TCM

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