Marty CohenFood Photography, Japanese New Year Celebration 2013, Sushi6 Comments

Shitake Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms

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Shiitake are native to Japan, China and Korea. They have been cultivated for over 1,000 years.Fresh and dried Shiitake mushrooms are used in a number of Japanese dishes. These had been dried when purchased, then rehydrated in water before cooking. This photograph is of the i mushrooms, still in the pot, at the end of being cooked. Many people prefer dried Shiitake to fresh because the sun-drying process draws out the umami flavor from the dried mushrooms. Umami is the taste of protein, and it’s a bona fide basic taste just like sweet, salt, sour and bitter.

The photo was taken with a Canon EOS 40D, EF17-40mm f/4L lens, 1/60 sec at f4, ISO 250.

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