Scientific name: Grifola frondosa
Maitake is a Japanese word means dancing mushroom. It is a fungus that has been eaten as a food. Maitake is a type of mediclinical mushroom which is used to make medicine. It contains the chemicals which help to control the blood presser and stimulate immune system. It grows the bottom of such trees- Maple, Oak. This mushroom grows the large scale in Japan, China and North America. It appears in autumn season. In research we know that it has a powerful support to overall health and protect from other diseases.
Description of maitake mushroom:
It grows in the underground tube like structure called as sclerotium looks like potato. The mushroom is yellow color and a brown cap that is 2-7 cm long. Each cap bears three pores and it has a white stalk like branchy structure. It can grow 50 pounds in size. It is also called the “hen of the woods” because it has a fluffy and feathery tail like hen. It has a distinctive smell and flavour. Maitake is formed with a cluster of caps which are 1-4 inches thick with brownish tones. The surface of the spores is grey and they become white in ages and they are easy to propagate. It has a white stem with complex branches and white flesh. The whole mushroom has a fruity body and can grow much larger.
It can be stored in fridge wrapped a plastic bag for 3-4 days.
Taste and use:
It has a beautiful unique flavour and really crunchy and pleasant texture. Maitake is great boiled, sautéed, deep-fried and also microwaved. Maitake is rich source of amino acid that has a great flavour with associate with savory dishes. The mushroom is also used in multiple preparations like- pasta, sauce, salad, meatloaf. We can prepare such dishes – Maitake mushroom burger, Maitake bacon and maitake noodle.
This mushroom has beneficial effects for health and contains the chemical properties that protect our body from any dangerous illness. It stimulates the immune power for cancer patients and also helpful for diabetes patients. The mushroom contains anti-oxident which take a great part of intestinal inflammation. Maitake reduces the cholesterol levels and also promotes fertility.
Nutrition value of maitake (70 grams):
- Fat 0.1 g
- Protein 1.4 g
- Carbohydrate 4.8 g
- Copper 0.2 mg
Energy 26 calories