In Chinese, especially Cantonese cooking the “Flower Mushroom” is highly regarded for its beautiful white appearance and flavor. This beautiful white cracking of the Flower Mushroom can only be grown if the Shiitake caps are not rained upon. Too much rain will cause Shiitake to take brown coloring. Therefore, the Flower Mushrooms grown in China use artificial house cultivation to grow them quickly, cheaply in a protected environment. The taste and texture are compromised but has a nice white appearance.
Sugimoto Shiitake are all grown naturally in the outdoors. Shiitake slowly grown in natural sunshine, moisture, and wind and on the sweet Sap Oak logs produces a superior taste, texture, and healthy Shiitake. Our Donko Shiitake that have the markings of the Flower Mushroom is a rare delicacy which cannot be matched by the Chinese Flower Mushroom. The taste and quality of Sugimoto Donko Mushrooms have been awarded 2 Stars by top European Chefs during the 2019 International Taste Institute.