ALOR STAR: Amid the lush greenery near the peak of Gunung Jerai lies a farm that produces little miracles known to some as the Asian symbol of longevity.....
It is the highly-flavoured shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes) that adds extra zing to many Asian dishes. Also known as the "black forest mushroom" or "Chinese black mushroom", it is popular not only for its meaty, delectable flavour, but also its reputed medicinal benefits.
The shiitake mushroom has all the essential amino acids in a higher and more concentrated proportion than soyabeans, meat, milk or eggs. It is also rich in essential vitamins and minerals, including A, B, B12, C, D and niacin...
The mushroom is native to China, but has been cultivated in both China and Japan since pre-historic times. About half of the world's supply of shiitake mushrooms comes from Japan.
Although it is expensive, the demand for shiitake is growing as more scientific findings support its perceived medicinal properties. To fulfil the increasing demand, and to enjoy the handsome profits, more countries, such as the United States, Korea and Taiwan, have started to grow their own shiitake..
The shiitake mushrooms in Gunung Jerai are grown in a natural forest environment with a constant flow of spring water and pure air. No synthetic chemicals are used. -NST Online