Vegetables Facts and Tips (9/2): Japanese Cultivated Mushrooms

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Mushrooms at Supermarket in Shizuoka City

This the second part concerning edible mushrooms in general.
Instead of going through one by one, which might turn into a boring chore, let me show what is available in Japan!

I don’t intend to talk about wild mushrooms here as I would need a very thick book to post!

Japan is arguably the country cultivating the greatest number of varieties (new ones appear and disappear every year!), so I will limit myself to give information on the varieties I have found so far in Japanese supermarkets (most of them should be available in many countries.
Note that the names are in Japanese as most are marketed this way abroad.

ERINGE or ERINGI
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Very interesting mushrooms as they keep firm and lose only some of their volumes. Vegetarians can prepare them suteed like scallops!

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As sold in the supermarkets

TAMOGITAKE
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As found in the nature

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As human-grown.

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As sold in the supermarkets
Very elegant small mushroom

KIKURAGE

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Called Judas Ear, as sold in the supermarkets.

BUNAPII

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As found in the supermarkets. A rcent variety!

BROWN MUSHROOM

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Brown Mushrooms are called so in Japan. Ther are a variety of Agaricus originall imported from Canada.
As found in the supermarkets.

TAMPA SHIMEJI

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A variety of Shimeji.
As foundin the Supermarkets.

HON-SHIMEJI

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“True” Shimeji as found in the supermarkets.

PORTOBELLA MUSHROOM

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A universally loved mushroom.
As found in the supermarkets.

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Before being cooked!

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As prepared by Tetsuya Sugimoto!

NAMEKO

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As found in nature.

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As sold in the supermarkets.

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Grown in earthenware bottles.

BUNA-SHIMEJI

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As found in nature.

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Human-grown ans as sold in the supermarkets.

ENOKITAKE

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As found in nature.

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As fully human-grown.

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As very youn human-grown and usually sold in the supermarkets. Very popular in soups, nabe and sukiyaki.

HIRATAKE

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Also called Oyster Mushrooms as found in nature.

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Human-grown.

MUKITAKE

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As found in nature.

Will keep looking for more!

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12 thoughts on “Vegetables Facts and Tips (9/2): Japanese Cultivated Mushrooms”

    1. Dear Ela!
      Greetings!
      They also call them straw mushrooms in Asia. Great to eat, but they don’t grow them in Japan. Only imported in cans!
      Cheers,
      Robert-Gilles

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  1. Robert, I love mushrooms esp fresh ones. I can’t live without them too. Thanks for sharing. Foraging for wild mushrooms is fun but one must know which are the poisonous one. I only know how to cook and eat them..haha

    Have a nice day.

    Elin

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  2. great post – I love mushrooms whether wild or cultivated….it is getting to be the season here in NYC when I can start foraging and harvesting wild mushrooms for myself…..

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    1. Dear Friend!
      Greetings!
      BTW do you have a log?
      Foraging for mushrooms… no better sport!
      This is one thing i miss back in France!
      Cheers,
      Robert-Gilles

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