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Maitake mushrooms, also known as "hen of the woods" due to their frilly appearance resembling the feathers of a fluffed-up hen, are distinct for their unique texture and flavor. They have a hearty, earthy taste with a slightly spicy undertone, making them a popular choice in various culinary dishes.
Melissa’s Maitake mushrooms can be sautéed, grilled, roasted, or added to soups, stir-fries, pasta dishes, and even used as a meat substitute due to their meaty texture. Maitakes pair well with garlic, onions, and herbs like thyme and rosemary, and can enhance the flavor of many dishes.
To prolong the freshness of maitake mushrooms, it's best to store them in a paper bag or a loosely wrapped paper towel in the refrigerator's vegetable drawer. Avoid storing them in plastic bags or containers as they can trap moisture and cause the mushrooms to spoil more quickly. Maitake mushrooms can last for up to a week when stored properly.