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. 


High in

  • Vitamin D
  • Iron
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Pantothenic Acid
    510 mcg

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 been noted of Maitake health benefits as used in Asian medicine to enhance the immune system.  Maitake is also rich in antioxidants which have been known to help prevent or fight cancer.


Other Nutrients & What are they?

Vitamin B6 35 mcg 2% RDV   Vitamin C 2mg 2% RDV
Thiamin  50mcg  4% RDV   Ribofavin 0.12mg 10% RDV
Potassium 193mg 4% RDV   Niacin 0.64mg 4% RDV
        Folate 17mg 4% RDV

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 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 the flavor known as  “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 Kinoko does not need to be washed or rinsed because they are cultivated in a soil-free and clean environment and are 100% USDA Organic! To get the most out of Hokto’s kinoko, always cook them before consuming. Our kinoko should not be served raw.

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How to Prepare Maitake

How to cook Maitake
How to cook Maitake

No Base equals no preparation

Like the Eryngii, Maitake does not 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.

No Mess

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 have thick, big caps. Hokto's Maitake have a rich, velvety texture with umami in every bite.


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Frequently Asked Questions


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. 


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. 

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