Spring Lamb Chops on Oyster Mushrooms
Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

Both shiitake and oyster mushrooms are cultivated. In fact, there are records dating back over 1000 years in China and Japan documenting the shiitake cultivation.

Oyster mushrooms come in a wide variety of shapes and colors, but their texture bears a resemblance to the sea oyster; the flavor is mild. Shiitakes have a more robust, meaty flavored, and the fibrous stems are generally discarded or used to flavor broths.