EMPEROR'S KITCHEN® Organic Dried Whole Shiitake Mushrooms are grown in Qingyuan County in a remote area of Zhejiang Province to strict Chinese Government Organic Standards. These standards require Chinese organic farms to be located far away from industry, mining, and intensive modern, chemicalized agribusiness, especially rice cultivation and feedlot animal husbandry, as well as areas of high population density. American and European Organic Standards make no such provision, allowing organic farms to produce in areas closer to urban markets to reduce ecological transportation costs.
Qingyuan County is a secluded, verdant forest paradise ringed by mountains isolating the entire area not only from any major city but for most of its history from most contact with the outside world. The Chinese EPA has named QingyuanCounty the most ecologically pure county of the more than 1,500 counties in all of China with the purest water and air and the least pollution. Qingyuan County presently has 82.4% forest cover. Our mushroom farms were in fact established on land reclaimed from a scrub forest zone never before subjected to cultivation with the major difference between day and night temperature necessary for the strongest, healthiest, tastiest fungus. Our organic farms use only pure natural well water.
Our producer has their own scientific research station conducting organic fungus research in conjunction with the local government authorities. Company technicians guide the contracted farmers through every step, providing continuous and comprehensive instruction to the staff and quality control of the production base. Areas of special concern are technical training, raw material quality, and standardized management. All spores are produced under careful company supervision and nurtured in certified organic culture mediums.
Although these organic shiitakes are in great and steadily rising demand, Great Eastern Sun’s unique personal on-the-ground relationship with this producer, one of the largest and certainly the most ecologically committed producers in all of Asia, insures an uninterrupted flow of product. Our intimate, direct relationship with this producer guarantees that you will have the lowest prices available to anyone anywhere. Our direct, regular, in-person inspections of our producer’s farms and processing facilities make certain that organic standards are being rigorously enforced and upheld
Ingredients: Dried shiitake mushrooms. Emperor's Kitchen air dried shiitake mushrooms are grown naturally on oak logs.
To prepare, soak 3-5 hours in warm water (use water for cooking), trim, and discard stems. Saute, steam, or broil these succulent morsels in your favorite recipes.