Shitake mushrooms are brown-capped mushrooms used around the world for food and as supplements. They’re tan to dark brown, with caps that grow between 2 and 4 inches (5 and 10 cm). While typically eaten like vegetables, shiitake are fungi that grow naturally on decaying hardwood trees.
Shitake mushrooms are low in calories. They also offer many vitamins, minerals, and other health-promoting compounds. Several compounds in shitake help lower cholesterol and may reduce the risk of heart disease. Meantime, eating shitake mushrooms regularly may help boost the immune system.
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