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80g (2.8oz) of whole, certified organic shiitake mushrooms from Japan. These premium shiitake mushrooms are cultivated with love from local farmers located in Misato, Miyazaki. They are log-grown, meaning they are produced using only the sun, clean mountain water, and nutrients from the trees - as natural as it gets. This gives them a delicious mellow woody aroma and rich flavor. Also a great source of vitamin D and dietary fiber, making them highly desirable worldwide.
Perfect not only for Japanese cuisine but also great when added to western-style dishes - chop them up and throw them in a stir-fry, or slice and add to hamburgers - there are many ways to enjoy this delicious shiitake mushroom. Of course, no preservatives, GMOs, sweeteners, artificial colors, or artificial flavors are added. Just clean, healthy, and delicious shiitake mushrooms.
What are "log-grown" mushrooms? Most of the shiitake mushrooms distributed in Japan today are "mycorrhizal shiitake mushrooms," which are produced in factories. However, these shiitake mushrooms grow only with nutrients from trees, without additives or pesticides. They are aromatic, thick-fleshed, and have a great chewiness and flavor.
This product is certified Japan Agricultural Standard Organic (JAS). Japan has one of the world's strictest organic certification standards. But what does certified organic mean when it comes to fruits and vegetables?
✔ Free of harmful synthetic chemical inputs such as fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, irradiation, and the use of sewage sludge.
✔ Free of genetically modified seeds (non-GMO)
✔ The farmland and soil in use have at least been 3 years free of any chemical treatment before the harvest has been certified as organic.
✔ Organic certifications come with multiple audits or on-site visits a year. Organic producers are rigidly checked and inspected by governmental bodies or certified third parties. Organic certification requires detailed bookkeeping and documentation. This makes organic produce technically 100% traceable from farm to table.
✔ Organic certification standards require a strict separation of non-organic certified produce starting from the farmland, soil, harvesting, processing, export, and even import and storage.
✔ Organic farming is a more sustainable alternative when it comes to food production. The lack of harmful pesticides and a wider variety of plants enhances biodiversity and results in better soil quality and reduced pollution from fertilizer or pesticide run-off.
✔ Organic vegetables and fruits are produced mostly by family-owned farms that own smaller acres of organic land. Although the demand is increasing, organic land does not even make 30% of all farmland in any given country (Japan ranks at the very bottom!). This makes organic farming lucrative and more profitable for farmers and gives them a fair chance to live a sustainable life and support their local communities.
✔ Certified organic in Japan (as well as in most industrialized countries) is a protected word and the use is legally restricted, meaning that you can be rest assured that Horizon Farms is an officially registered certified organic importer and all organic imported produce has been inspected and verified in the export country as well as in Japan.
It is also important to mention that organic produce is more cost-intensive. Organic farming has lower yields compared to conventional farming and is oftentimes more labor-intensive as well. Additionally, organic certification and auditions require annual fees for producers, exporters, and importers resulting in higher prices for the end consumers.
|Package Dimensions||15.9 x 6.5 x 26.5 cm (6.3" x 2.6" x 10.4")|
|Shipping||Shipped dry, but may come chilled or frozen depending on the rest of your order. Rest assured that even so there is no loss in quality or safety.|
|Handling||Store in a cool place away from direct sunlight, high temperature, or high humidity. After opening, keep sealed and consume as soon as possible.|
|Expiration||Check product label, usually more than 6 months.|
|Ingredients||Organic shiitake mushrooms (log grown)|
|Place of Origin||Miyazaki, Japan|
|Organic Certificates||Organic Japan Agricultural Standard (JAS) - Certificate Number: KOAA 2003-A07|
|Nutritional Facts||Based on 100g serving size
Total Fat: 3.7g
Total Carbohydrate: 34.0g