Also known as Pioppini, Beech, Hon-Shimeji or Honshimeji mushrooms. A Japanese variety found growing on trees in the wild, shimeji have only been cultivated for a limited time, and are even newer to the Australian market as a fresh mushroom.
Their colour ranges from woody brown to tawny white, becoming paler as it matures. Shimeji have a delicate, sweet flesh with a nutty flavour, and are suitable for stirfrying and panfrying. They grow, and are sold, in clumps, and must be separated from the base before using.
QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Area, Granite Belt, Maclean
NSW – Gosford, Hunter Valley, Windsor
VIC – Mernda SA Hills District