The 5 Heritage Filled Qingyuan Mushrooms You Should Know About

Sourced directly from Zhejiang, China, Simply Natural Organic Dried Qingyuan Mushrooms are organically grown in Qingyuan County, known as Mushroom City in China. The mushroom cultivation and production started 800 years ago and it continues to sustain a unique mushroom production system where people and nature live in harmoniously. These heritages filled mushrooms truly has aromatic fragrance and soft texture. Free from preservatives and sulphur treatment, our Qingyuan Mushroom series are something that wouldn’t want to miss to add in your recipes. Each QINGYUAN MUSHROOMS has a different history & health benefits that you have to know. This article reviews the history, benefits, uses and recipe of each of them.

Qingyuan Brown & White Shiitake Mushroom

Native to East Asia, Shiitake are edible mushrooms that has both culinary and medicinal benefits. The shiitake mushroom works perfectly in oriental cooking by eliciting its distinct flavour. The shiitake is sensational in sauces, soups and stir-fries. The firm cap and brown meaty flesh are what gives the mushroom its incredible taste. Why are these small fungi so powerful? It’s because this mushroom is rich in nutrients as it is a good source of vitamin D, niacin and potassium. Shiitake mushrooms also have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. They can help to control blood sugar levels and support immune function.

Shiitakes are divided into categories based on their quality. The two highest in grade are “winter mushrooms” (donko) and “flower mushrooms” (huagu) with the flower being the best. Flower mushrooms have a flowerlike pattern on the cap. Both varieties are thicker and meatier than other black mushrooms.

How to use Dried Shiitake Mushroom?

Step 1: Cover the mushroom in boiling water and soak for 20 minutes.

Step 2: Once the mushrooms double in size, drain and strain the liquid to use in stocks and soups.

Recipe: Mixed Veggie Stir-Fry with Brown Shiitake Mushroom

Qingyuan Organic Dried Black Fungus

Black fungus is an edible wild mushroom known as tree ear or cloud ear fungus, given its dark, ear-like shape. This fungus is predominantly found in China. Black fungus is notably low in fat and loaded with many essential vitamins and minerals. It is a bit coarser than the wood ear mushroom. They are also rich in dietary fiber, high in iron, and used in traditional Chinese medicine to help with blood circulation. Black fungus can be added to soups, stews, stir-fries, and even salads for a jelly-like texture with a slight crunch.

How to use Dried Black Fungus?

Black Fungus: Soak in hot water for about 1 hour or until softened. Otherwise, soak in cold water overnight. Then wash black fungus under running water, pat dry and remove the stems. Tear or cut them into smaller pieces if necessary.

Recipe: Kuah Lodeh

Qingyuan Organic White Fungus

White fungus has many names such as snow ear fungus, white wood ear and so on. This fungus has some medicinal benefits as anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor. In Chinese families, it is commonly used in soups cooked for soothing purposes like nourishing the bodies, healing dry coughs and clearing heat in the lungs. It is also said that eating white fungus could help keep our skin young believing that its collagen content is comparable to bird’s nest.

How to use White Fungus?
White Fungus: Soak the snow fungus in water for at least 4 hours or overnight. Then discard the tough, dark-colored center at the bottom by cutting around it with a pair of scissors. Then, hand shred the snow fungus into smaller pieces.

Recipe: Snow Fungus Soup

Qingyuan Organic Dried Hericium 

Hericium is also called a lion’s mane mushroom, monkey head mushroom, bearded tooth mushroom and so on. Hericium is a mushroom that grows on trunks of hardwood trees. They have both culinary and medical uses in Asian countries like China, India, Japan and Korea. Many describe their flavor as “seafood-like,” often comparing it to crab or lobster. Other than that, this mushroom contains bioactive substances that have beneficial effects on the body, especially the brain, heart and gut.


  •  Contain compounds that stimulate the growth of brain cells and protect from damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease.
  • May help relieve mild symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • Can help lower blood sugar and reduce diabetic nerve pain.
  • Have immune-boosting effects.

How to use Dried Hericium?
Soak the whole heads in warm water for about 20 minutes. This mushroom will swell in size when introduced to water, but will not become mushy. Once the fungi are reconstituted, they should be rinsed until the water is no longer brownish yellow, but is running clear. Finally, chop the reconstituted mushroom heads into pieces that work best based on the recipe.

Recipe: Hericium Mushroom Masala

Qingyuan Organic Dried Maitake 

“Maitake” means dancing mushroom in Japanese. This mushroom is a type of adaptogen. Adaptogens assist the body in fighting against any type of mental or physical difficulty. They also work to regulate systems of the body that have become unbalanced. The mushroom grows wild in parts of Japan, China, and North America. Maitake mushrooms are low in calories but contain a small chunk of protein and fiber, plus B vitamins, such as niacin and riboflavin.


  • Balance blood sugar
  • Boost immune functions
  • Reduces blood pressure & lowers cholesterol level
  • May kill cancer cells

How to use Dried Maitake Mushroom?

To reconstitute these mushrooms, rinse under cold water, then place mushrooms in a bowl, cover with boiling water and soak for 15-20 minutes. Or add to a dish that will cook for at least 20 minutes. Drain the mushrooms and enjoy.

Recipe: Maitake Brown Rice Salad

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