Shiitake mushroom

Definition of shiitake mushroom

shiitake mushroom

(shee-TAH-kee ...)
A dark oriental mushroom widely used as a food. Several anticancer substances have been found in shiitake mushrooms, including lentinan, which has been studied in Japan as a treatment for stomach and colorectal cancer. The scientific name is Lentinus edodes.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms