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Livesey Brothers have been growing Shiitake Mushrooms for many years. 

Shiitake is known for its dark brown and umbrella shaped caps, which add a unique, visual twist to all recipes. The distinct shape can make even the simplest dishes interesting, especially when cooked whole and used in clear soups. Shiitake caps are often covered with white flecks, which shows that the mushroom is fresh and perfect to eat. Shiitake Mushrooms have a meaty texture and a rich, earthy flavour which adds beauty to any dish, particularly Japanese and Chinese dishes.

Shiitake is very easy to prepare and cook. It captures the taste of the orient and no self respecting stir fry dish is complete without it. Shiitake also tastes great in omelettes and fritters due to its subtle yet flavourful characteristics. For the more adventurous cook, pancakes, quiche and tarts come alive with the addition of shiitake’s unique yet delicious multiple attributes.

Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms have high levels of B vitamins, which assist in the daily function of our bodies and assists in helping to release energy from the foods that we eat. At home, Shiitake can last between seven and ten days if kept in a sealed pack and refrigerated between 3 and 5 degrees. Livesey Brothers Shiitake Mushrooms can be purchased in either individual or mixed packs at your local Sainsbury’s, ASDA and Waitrose stores. Shiitake can also be purchased loose from Morrison’s or our on site farm shop, The Mushroom Basket.

How to prepare Shiitake Mushrooms

You Will Need

Livesey Bros Shiitake

Oil of your choice (We recommend rapeseed oil)

Salt and Pepper to season

Frying Pan

Wooden Spoon

Sharp Kife

Chopping Board

Hob (Gas or electric)


  1. Using a sharp knife and a chopping board, remove the stalk of the mushrooms (The stalks have a strong, peppery taste which will taste amazing in a mushroom stock or soup).

  2. Slice the shiitake caps, into approximately 1 cm slices.

  3. Over a high heat, add butter or oil to the pan and bring to a high temperature.

  4. When the oil or butter is hot, add the shiitake.

  5. Cook for 3-5 minutes until the shiitake is crisp and brown.

  6. Season with salt and pepper and serve whilst hot.

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