Maitake Offers Significant Source of Vitamin D, Niacin and Dietary Fiber

Maitake, or Hen of the Woods, offers a significant source of vitamin D – 58% of the RDV, niacin – 21% of the RDV and dietary fiber – 12% of the RDV. It is low in calories and also cholesterol and sodium free. This mushroom is rich in ergothioneine, vitamin B and minerals. It is also a key ingredient for the savory, rich flavor known as the fifth taste, “umami”.


High in

  • Vitamin D
  • Niacin
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Ergothioneine
  • Beta Glucan
  • Vitamin B2

Low in

  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium
  • Fat

* RDV – the recommended daily value based on a 2,000-calorie diet. / Serving size: 3.5 oz (100g)

Many researchers have noted the health benefits of Maitake mushrooms, which has long been used in Asian medicine to enhance the immune system. Maitake is rich in antioxidants, which are known to help prevent or fight cancer. It also contains grifolan, an important beta-glucan polysaccharide. 


Other Nutrients & What are they?

Vitamin D233 IU58% of the RDV Dietary Fiberg12% of the RDV
Vitamin B1mg  Vitamin B20.27 mg16% of the RDV
Vitamin B120.15 mcg2.5% of the RDV Niacin4.2 mg21% of the RDV
Potassium240 mg7% of the RDV Beta Glucan2.4 g 
Ergothioneine3.1 mg  Polyphenol1.8 mg 
Manganeseppm  Iron1 % 
Copper28 ppm  Boron40 ppm 
Zinc71 ppm     

Mushrooms are the only produce that contains Vitamin D.

According to The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Vitamin D is a nutrient that is important for promoting overall health and is especially important in developing maintaining strong bones.

Maitake nutrition facts

Taste / Flavor

Maitake has 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 “umami”, a unique, savory flavor, that makes Maitake a good meat substitute.


USDA Organic

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! It should be eaten cooked; mushrooms should not be served raw.

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How to Prepare Maitake

How to cook Maitake
How to cook 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.


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Frequently Asked Questions


Maitake has enzymes that decompose protein. That’s why eggs nor meat will not solidify.  When you like to cook protein with Maitake, you should boil the mushroom for 30 second beforehand. On the other hand, some people know an advantage that cooking tough meat with chopped Maitake gives us softer texture.


Maitake has black pigment that the juice is naturally black.  It is not a scum and contains nutritious ingredients beneficial for health including polyphenol.  It is a good idea to consume Maitake in soups not to lose the juice.

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