shii·​ta·​ke | \ shē-ˈtä-kē How to pronounce shiitake (audio) \
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Definition of shiitake

: a dark Asian mushroom (Lentinus edodes of the family Agaricaceae) widely cultivated especially on woods of the beech family for its edible flavorful tan to brown cap

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To make mushroom powder, pulse dried shiitake mushrooms in a spice grinder to a fine powder. Los Angeles Times, "We like plants. We’re going to show you how to cook them," 29 July 2019 The shiitake mushrooms, with their shock of acid, are the exception. Washington Post, "Zeppelin is fun, but its sushi doesn’t quite fly," 1 Aug. 2019 At his allseafood showcase Peixaria da Esquina, try the squid sautéed with shiitake mushrooms, broad beans, and coriander. Anne Farrar, National Geographic, "Here’s why everyone is going to Portugal now," 18 June 2019 The namesake nene potstickers are connected by a lacy batter on top and filled with shiitake or pork. Sarah Fritsche,, "Best new restaurants and bars to visit in the Mission right now," 17 June 2018 In a vegetarian twist, Mason’s also offers them stuffed with shiitake mushrooms, bean curd, and glass noodles. Jean Trinh, Los Angeles Magazine, "Boiled, Steamed, or Pan Fried? A Guide to Chinese Dumplings," 5 June 2018 Try using different varieties of mushrooms – button, cremini, shiitake -- or a mix of whatever wild mushrooms are available at your market. Claire Perez,, "Mushroom brie soup a creamy splurge," 23 Mar. 2018 Fresh shiitake mushrooms, greens and tofu filled out the dish. David Tanis, New York Times, "Bouncy Noodles, Bright Greens, Quick Broth: A Perfect Bowl," 16 Mar. 2018 The handmade tortillas are wrapped around tender achiote pork shoulder, seared carne asada, crisp-fried fish, and a deceptively meaty-tasting combination of smoked greens, shiitake mushrooms, and plantains. Laurie Woolever, charlotteobserver, "The most magical surprise at Disney World? The world-class food," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of shiitake

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shiitake

Japanese, from shii, the Japanese chinquapin + take mushroom

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English Language Learners Definition of shiitake

chiefly US : a type of Asian mushroom used in cooking

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