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Diary — Lentinula novae-zelandiae / New Zealand Shitake

Lentinula novae-zelandiae / New Zealand Shitake

Lentinula novae-zelandiae / New Zealand Shitake

May 16, 2022

While true Shitake is not found naturally here in Aotearoa we have an edible relative, Lentinula novae-zelandiae. I was lucky enough to find this rare specimen on some decaying native wood in the Waitākere ranges.

Lentinula novae zelandiae 1 Lentinula novae zelandiae 2

I haven't been able to find any Māori references to the use or naming of this species. If you have any further information I would love to hear it!