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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Other standouts include a radicchio salad flavored with agave and wild blackberry vinegar (shown above) and a wild mushroom broth with immune-boosting shiitake, kombu and baked celeriac. New York Times, "A Cultural Compendium of What’s New," 20 Feb. 2018 For the broth: For the cucumber pickles: For radish pickles: For assembly: 1. Make broth: In a large stockpot over high heat, combine water, kombu and shiitake mushrooms. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "How to Eat to Beat the Heat, Korean Style," 8 Aug. 2018 If your shiitake mushrooms are smaller, skewer them whole from end to end. Sara Moulton, Houston Chronicle, "This breakfast for dinner has the best diner moves," 19 Feb. 2018 The menu features starters such as shiitake lettuce cups, kale guacamole, edamame dumplings and herb hummus. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "True Food Kitchen opens May 16 in The Woodlands," 10 Apr. 2018 The most recent addition is a single fried chicken wing stuffed with sticky rice and shiitake mushrooms. Gillian Ferguson, Los Angeles Magazine, "How Chef Jon Yao’s Family Recipes Influence His Refined Take on Taiwanese," 15 May 2018 That means even the guy who brings in the seaweed, which tops the pearl tapioca starter along with goat cheese and shiitake mushrooms. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "A Perfect Weekend Away in Dublin," 11 July 2018 Ordering a mushroom taco ($4.50) will get you a corn tortilla stuffed with sautéed crimini and shiitake mushrooms mingled with silky queso fundido (cheese sauce), crunchy bits of bacon and a tenuous drizzle of smooth red salsa with a fiery kick. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise’s trendy new taquerias redefine the taco – and diners get to taste the difference," 27 June 2018 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

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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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