Getting to know: Black King mushrooms

The Black King – also known as Shimofuri – mushrooms are a hybrid between Asian and European oyster mushrooms. They look like the huge King Oyster mushrooms and have a similar meaty taste. While King Oyster mushrooms grow individually, the hybrid grows in clusters like the Snow, Blue, and other oyster mushrooms. The Black King mushrooms tend to be easier to grow than the King Oysters as well.

Add the Black King mushrooms to the conga line of oyster mushroom nutritional information. Oyster mushrooms contain potassium and antioxidants, which is explained in the Snow/Pearl Oyster article here. They also contain protein and folate, explained in the Blue Oyster article.

Let’s keep it going – oyster mushrooms contain vitamins B and D as well. This includes vitamin B6, which helps break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats while supporting the immune system. Vitamin D helps the body build stronger bones by absorbing calcium and phosphorus. The vitamin isn’t seen as much in foods and often produces naturally from being out in the sun.

Fun fact: Shimofuri is Japanese for “marbled”, referring to the pattern of the mushroom caps. They are whiter in the centre of the cap, transition to a large grayish-brown ring, and are a bit lighter around the edge, all while maintaining the beautiful marbled pattern.

Meal options: Simply break apart the cluster of Black King mushrooms while keeping the stems – they are softer than the King Oyster mushrooms. Add to stir-fries, stews, rice dishes, pasta dishes, or pan fry and include as a side dish.

Disclaimer: Despite the references provided, the information on this page, specifically the Black King’s potential health benefits, are for educational purposes only. These benefits have not been reviewed by Health Canada nor the FDA. Contact your health provider for personal medical advice.

Disclaimer #2: We’re not surprised if the marbled Shimofuri mushroom serves as inspiration for your next kitchen countertop.