HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >

Discussion

Question About Shitake Mushroom Colour

  • s
  • 4

Just picked up a pack of dried shitake mushrooms from my local asian grocery store. I normally go for ones with black caps but the store was running a special on some very thick mainly white capped (with little blotches of black here and there) variety ($7 for a lb).

Is there a difference between the white cap and black cap shitake, is this a natural phenomenon or altered artifically ?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. The thick ones which are mostly white and shot with black are the "flower" variety or fa goo in Cantonese. These are more highly prized.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Didn't realize that.

      Any particular reason why they're more prized? Scent, taste etc?

      1. re: SG

        The thickness gives them a firmer texture, more meatiness in flavor and bite. The patterning is more attractive. You usually pay a premium for the fa goo because of this.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Thanks for the info! Cooked some for dinner this evening and boy were they HUGE when fully hydrated.