Flower shiitake mushrooms are grown on oak logs rather than wood chips resulting in a slower cultivation process that yields bigger, more flavorful mushrooms. Dried shiitake mushrooms are graded on aroma, size, and the number of cracks (flower pattern) on the cap. These mushrooms are incredibly fragrant and are used more often as a flavoring agent rather than eaten on its own.
Uses: Rehydrate the shiitake in just enough cold water to cover for 15 minutes or until tender and pliable. Discard the stem and use the mushroom and reserved water to flavor soups, stir-fry dishes, or fillings for dumplings and spring rolls.
These flower shiitakes are high grade: each individual mushroom shows significant patterning, intense fragrance, and aroma. You will often only need one or two pieces to flavor a whole dish or pot of soup.