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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Recent Examples on the Web There's also an old-fashioned with Suntori whiskey with savory notes from a shiitake mushroom infusion and ginger sugar. Will Coviello,, "Frank Brigtsen in the Garden, an izakaya pop-up, relief efforts and more food events," 3 Sep. 2020 Currently, lion’s mane, shiitake, tree oyster, pink oyster and yellow oyster mushroom kits are available for $25 each. Soleil Ho,, "How growing kitchen mushrooms can break up the endless quarantine moments," 10 June 2020 Lisa Yamamura, 54, a project management director who lives in Potrero Hill, bought her first shiitake grow kit from Far West Fungi a few months ago. Soleil Ho,, "How growing kitchen mushrooms can break up the endless quarantine moments," 10 June 2020 As one of the year's most talked-about presents, this log allows Dad to grow his own shiitake mushrooms at home. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "12 amazing Father's Day gifts under $30," 8 June 2020 Consider West Lake Beef Soup, from Hangzhou, a silky beef consommé studded with shiitake, ginger, and coriander and finished with threads of egg white. Lucas Sin, Bon Appétit, "Any Soup Can Be Egg Drop Soup If You Want It to Be," 15 May 2020 The mushroom banh mi, with roasted shiitakes and criminis — and creamy sesame-chickpea puree subbing for pâté — is a vegetarian breakthrough in the genre. Los Angeles Times, "Eight great places for takeout banh mi," 8 May 2020 Diners listened keenly while enjoying a meal that highlighted sleep-friendly dishes, such as homemade walnut tofu with walnut dressing, sprouted brown rice with wild shiitake... Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "How to Eat if You Want Better Sleep," 25 Mar. 2020 One of the four pâtés is meatless, made with shiitake, maitake, and cremini mushrooms and achieves a remarkably convincing I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-liver texture. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Le Crocodile’s Bold Brooklyn Ambitions," 21 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of shiitake was in 1877

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16 Sep 2020

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“Shiitake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shiitake

chiefly US : a type of Asian mushroom used in cooking

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