Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinula edodes)

Shiitake mushroom is native to East Asia, with a flavour profile often described as woody. It grows on fallen logs in the mountain regions of Japan, Korea, and China. This species has a long history of use with people collecting wild shiitake for both food and traditional medicine.

It is full of vitamins and minerals, such as B, C and D, along with iron, zinc, phosphorus, manganese and many more. Its compounds have antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties, which can help fight infections.

Not only does it boost vitality, but it also balances blood sugar levels and reduces overall inflammation within the body.

Furthermore, it is traditionally used to promote healthy skin, strengthen the bones, aid in weight loss and improving circulation.

Part used: 

Whole mushroom


Sweet, neutral


Antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anticancer


High blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, stomach ache, arthritis, osteoporosis, gout, poor circulation, cold and flu symptoms.


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Shiitake is used in our Spark Dust.