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Feb 10, 2002 11:58 PM

Question About Shitake Mushroom Colour

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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 ?

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  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.

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    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.