A versatile mushroom that won’t overpower a dish, Maitake can be sautéed, baked or fried and offers a mild, earthy flavor. One of our largest wild mushrooms, Maitake can be found in clusters up to 50 pounds. It appears in autumn growing almost exclusively under oak trees that have reached a venerable age and size. It's been nicknamed 'hen of the woods' because of its appearance resembling the ruffled feathers of a hen.
Long revered in Japan as a medicinal edible mushroom, Maitake is currently undergoing scientific research as an immune system stimulator.
Latin Name: Grifola Frondosa
Availability: Usually Abundant