These Shiitake mushrooms have been wild harvested, sliced, and dried for easy culinary use. The Shiitake is one of the most popular and prized mushrooms in the world. Non-GMO and chemical free. The Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinula edodes) is very popular in China and East Asia. Sautèed in many oriental dishes and soups, the Shiitake is well known as being one of the most versatile and highly prized edible mushroms on earth. Shiitake's are also called Chinese black mushrooms, golden oak mushrooms and black forest mushrooms. Many people prefer dried, reconstituted shiitakes to fresh because the drying process enhances the shiitake flavor. To Reconstitute: Rinse and soak in water for 20 minutes or more. Use 8 or more ounces of water per ounce of mushrooms. Rinse, strain and use. To store place in a dry sealed container in the refrigerator.