Wild crafted dried shiitake (lentinula edodes) mushrooms are a popular culinary ingredient in Asian cuisines. Many chefs prefer dried shiitake to fresh ones as they possess a deep savoury or umami taste. Shiitake have a rich and distinctive smoky flavour with a firm texture and intense fragrance. They can be added to stir-fries and soups or sliced as a noodle topping. Shiitake mushrooms are a rich source of B vitamins, vitamin D and antioxidants. They have natural antiviral and immunity-boosting properties and help to lower cholesterol and support cardiovascular health.