October 31, 2015

Yairo Tenkeiko/八色天恵菇

Yairo (lit. eight colors) is the name of a place in Minami-Uonuma city that is famous for producing high-quality watermelons. Yairo also produces shiitake with thick fleshy caps, called Yairo Shiitake, as I previously mentioned here.
Tenkeiko is the name of the new variety of shiitake mushroom that was released on November 11, 2014. One obvious characteristic is its very large size, which can be up to 15 cm in diameter. 

Thus, Yairo Tenkeiko is the name of the large-size shiitake mushroom that is produced in Yairo, Minami-Uonuma City. I learned about this new variety from a famous TV show, Manten Aozora Restaurant (Japanese only).

Luckily, I happen to live in that city, and I can get this new variety fairly easily at a supermarket, although I find it rather expensive.

The other day, of all the bags sold at the supermarket, I deliberately selected this one:
Two large ones and one small one.

I first cooked one large one for my son, who is a kind of a mushroom freak. Simply wrapped in aluminum foil and grilled in the toaster oven.
My son said it was very good. He didn't even need soy sauce or lemon juice to enjoy having it.

Yesterday, I got another bag in an attempt to come up with a recipe to submit to a mushroom recipe contest. I can't talk about the recipe until the results of the contest are released.


Fräulein Trude said...

I hope you win the contest. Best wishes.

Hiroyuki said...

Kiki: Thanks! I hope so, too. I've submitted two recipes.

Yangsze said...

Does the extra large shiitake taste different from regular shiitake or about the same? Good luck in the contest!

Hiroyuki said...

Yangsze: Thanks!

I can't speak about other large shiitake mushrooms, but this particular new variety of shiitake is not only big but quite tasty. And, the producers make every effort to harvest it at the peak of tastiness (not fully but slightly open). Even my daughter, who is picky about food and usually dislikes shiitake, had the dish I made with the shiitake with no problem.