Maitake Offers a Significant Source of Vitamin D, Niacin and Dietary Fiber
Maitake offers a significant source of Vitamin D (60% RDV), Dietary fiber (11% RDV), Iron (10% RDV) and Pantothenic Acid (10% RDV). It is a key ingredient for the savory, rich flavor known as the fifth taste, “Umami”. It is also cholesterol and sodium free in addition to low in calories.
- Vitamin D12.5 mcg
- Dietary Fiber3g
- Beta Glucan2.4g
- Vitamin B5510 mcg
* RDV – the recommended daily value based on a 2,000-calorie diet. / Serving size: 3.5 oz (100g)
Many researchers have been noted of Maitake health benefits as used in Asian medicine to enhance the immune system. Maitake is also rich in antioxidants which has been known to help prevent or fight cancer.
Other Nutrients & What are they?
Mushrooms are the only produce that contains Vitamin D.
According to The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Vitamin D is a nutrient important for promoting overall health and is especially important in developing and maintaining strong bones.
Taste / Flavor
Maitake mushrooms have a firm texture and robust, earthy flavor. In Japanese, Maitake means “dancing mushroom.” Some believe that, in ancient times, people danced for joy upon finding these mushrooms, which were worth their weight in gold. Others say that name derives from the mushroom’s shape, which resembles a dancing nymph.
It is a good source of protein and is an essential ingredient for the flavor known as “umami”, a unique, savory flavor, that makes Maitake a good meat substitute.
Hokto’s Kinoko is Clean and Ready-to-Cook
Maitake can be eaten in clusters or separated. They are clean and ready-to-cook. Hokto’s mushrooms do not need to be washed, rinsed, or peeled because they are not grown in soil and are 100% USDA Organic and agrichemical free! To get the most out of Hokto Mushrooms, always cook them before consuming. Mushrooms should not be served raw.
How to Prepare Maitake
No Base equals no preperation
Like the King Trumpet mushrooms, Maitake mushrooms do no have a base. Do not wash Maitake mushrooms because it will reduce flavor. To save on prep time and improve the taste of your dishes ,serve Maitake mushrooms as soon as possible after purchase.
Separate by hand to increase flavor
When you separate Maitake by hand, the textured surface of the mushroom will absorb more flavors. Some black liquid from the mushroom may be present, it 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 liquid. We do not recommend removing the black liquid.
Maitake can be separated by hand, thus illuminating the need for a knife and cutting board. Because they are ready to cook, there is no mess to clean up.
Choose Thick, Big Caps
The best Maitake mushrooms have thick, big caps. Hokto's Maitake mushrooms have a rich, velvety texture with umami in every bite.
Frequently Asked Questions
Like the King Trumpet, there is no base. The bottom parts of Maitake mushrooms are edible, but if you don’t want to eat the base, you can cut them off.
Maitake mushrooms have Proteolytic enzymes that prevent protein, such as eggs and meat, from solidifying. If you want your dish to solidify when cooking with Maitake, you should boil the mushroom for at least 30 seconds before adding it to your dish. On the other hand, one advantage of adding Mitake directly into your dish, is that it can help tough meat become tender.
Under the caps of Maitake is a part called the gill. The gills of the mushroom produce spores as it readies its self for reproduction. As the the mushroom grows the spores become more visible. These spores may be more visible but they do not effect the mushroom and are edible.
This is a ring mark from the cultivation base and is edible. If you do not like the look or texture you can cut the ring off.
Maitake mushrooms have a natural black pigment to them, thus making the liquid they produce black as well. It is not scum; it contains nutritious ingredients beneficial to health, like polyphenol. To get the most nutrition out of the mushroom, do not discard the liquid. One helpful suggestion is to use Maitake mushrooms in soups for creating a highly nutritious broth.
As part of missions, our mushroom research center is dedicated to scientificaly unraveling the beneficial pharmacological effects of mushrooms in order to put them to use in promoting and maintaining healthy lifestyles.
- The Antiatherosclerotic effect of Bunapi
- The Role of Mushrooms in the Promotion of Insulin Secretion
- The Role of King Trumpet in Body Fat Reduction
- The Beneficial Effects of King Trumpet on Constipation
- The Anti-allergic Effects of Maitake Mushrooms