Yesterday, we bought these beautiful mushrooms at our "vegetable pusher's" stand in Santa Barbara. Among his many vegetables he also grows mushrooms on organic matter and uses purified water. One of his helpers likes to add them to her scrambled eggs. She also told us that the American Indians ate them for their curative powers. Of course, we had to try them, and research them. Here is another picture from the side angle.
Maitake is an edible mushroom also known as "hen in the woods" in America, as it grows in clusters at the base of oak trees. Besides having a wonderful taste, a meaty texture, and a slightly nutty flavor, it is also known for its healthy attributes.
Medical research has indicated that whole maitake can regulate blood pressure, glucose, and insulin. It is rich in minerals (potassium, calcium) in vitamin B' , C's, proteins, fiber, and amino acids. In 2009, Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center conducted a human trial and found that Maitake could stimulate the immune system of breast cancer patients, as well as other cancers.
Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday, Cheers Ron & Alexandra