How to Prepare Maitake
No Base, Use As-Is
Like the King Trumpet, Maitake does no have a base. If you wash Maitake, you will reduce the flavor. Save prep time and improve the taste of your dishes by serving Maitake as soon as possible after purchase.
Split by Hand to Increase Flavor
When you split Maitake by hand, the textured surface of the mushroom will absorb more flavors. Black juice from the mushroom is polyphenol, which is very nutritious and should be eaten. If you are concerned about the color of polyphenol, boil the mushrooms briefly to eliminate the black juice. However, we do not recommend removing polyphenol.
No Knife, No Cutting Board
Maitake can be separated by hand and are ready to cook. There is no mess to clean up.
Choose Thick, Big Caps
The best Maitake has thick, big caps. Hokto Maitake has a rich, velvety texture with umami in every bite.