Maitake mushrooms from Japan.High quality Maitake for your health

Yukiguni Maitake mushrooms are all-natural foods for which we have used neither chemicals nor pesticides.
Thanks to the technical capabilities Japan has developed in producing edible fungi,
we can offer everyone around the world mushrooms that are safe, fresh, good for your health,
and of course delicious.

Yukiguni Maitake

Yukiguni Maitake

With our unique technology, in 1983 we succeeded in mass-producing maitake—so rare an item that in Japan it has been known as “the phantom mushroom.” Our mushrooms are farmed in a facility, so you can even enjoy them without washing.

Presenting some healthy recipes using Yukiguni Maitake that is both delicious and loaded with nutrients!

Asian Dishes

Chinese Dishes

Western Dishes

Japanese Dishes

Maitashi

Make your everyday foods even healthier
by applying a little “Maitashi”!

What does “Maitashi” mean?

“Maitashi” means “adding maitake.” Adding some maitake to your everyday dishes makes for a delicious and healthy way of life.

Why “Maitashi” Is Delicious

Guanylic acid, the umami ingredient characteristic of mushrooms

Most varieties of edible mushroom contain guanylic acid. This is an ingredient that draws out the umami in a food. If you add Yukiguni Maitake to your everyday food, it will deepen the tastes and make your dishes all the more flavorful.
※Umami is one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness).

Protease, for softening meat

The protease (proteolytic enzymes) contained in maitake serve to break down the protein in meat, causing an increase in the amino acids and such that are components of umami. As the meat softens, the umami components at the same time spread throughout the food making the dish all the more delicious!

Their crispy texture delivers both a pleasing mouth feel and a sense of fullness!

Compared to other mushrooms, Yukiguni Maitake is low in water content. Even if you cook them, they still deliver a crispy texture and add a feeling of volume to your dish. They are pleasing to chew, which keeps you from eating too quickly or too much.

Why "Maitashi" is Healthy

A treasure house of dietary fiber that will please your stomach!

Dietary fibers are said to do the job of keeping the environment inside your intestines in good shape. The abundance of such fibers in maitake can be expected to have positive dietary effects such as relieving constipation and keeping the amount of fat and sugar your body absorbs in check.

Loaded with alpha (α) and beta (β) glucans that improve immune strength!

Present in maitake in great quantities, alpha- and beta-glucans are functional ingredients whose capacity for improving someone’s immune strength is thought to have such benefits as helping someone to recover from influenza and have cancer-fighting effects.

Keep blood sugar down after you eat!

The dietary fiber found in abundance in maitake is thought to also help with keeping blood sugars from rising after you eat. Furthermore, you can also anticipate a “second meal effect” from maitake as having the mushroom as part of your first meal will also help keep your blood sugar from rising after the next meal you eat, too.

Filled with vitamin D that strengthens your bones and helps you to live a long and healthy life!

In Japan, having healthy bones is said to be important for living a long life. Combining foods that are rich in calcium such as fish, meats, and cheese with maitake that is rich in vitamin D promotes your body’s absorption of calcium. It will make your bones strong and help you to live a long and healthy life.

Safety Initiatives

Maitake Farming Factories

Our Yukiguni Maitake farming factories are located among the mountains in Minamiuonuma City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan, where water is plentiful and the air is clean. Yukiguni Maitake mushrooms are produced using biotechnology that we ourselves have developed and raised in an indoors environment that recreates the optimal growing conditions. Our mushrooms are farmed in a facility, so the product we can supply throughout the year will always have same, stable high quality and a delicious flavor that never changes.

Safe and Secure Products

We inspect the basic ingredients and water we use for heavy metals and microbes, and use no chemicals or pesticides. We engage in strict quality control and inspections of our products. We have also created and maintain a food safety management system that is based on the ISO22000 standard, and produce products that are safe and secure.

Producing Our Maitake

We believe the flavor, mouth feel, quality, and freshness of our maitake to be crucial. Accordingly, we take about three months to cultivate large roots that are close to the kinds of maitake that grow in the wild. These are large roots on the order of 800 grams, so you can look forward to enjoying thick stems and large, fleshy caps.

Production Process of Maitake

  1. Inspecting the raw materials

    Inspecting the raw materials

    The raw materials and water used for the cultivation of Yukiguni Maitake undergo the inspection in accordance with our rigorous internal standards.

  2. Preparation

    Preparation

    Mix the materials such as sawdust from broadleaf trees, water and wheat bran to build a medium that will serve as the foundation for the cultivation.

  3. Sterilization

    Sterilization

    Sterilize the medium at high temperature and high pressure in order to eliminate the bacteria.

  4. Inoculation

    Inoculation

    Plant maitake fungus on the sterilized medium in the clean equipment so as not to be mixed with bacteria.

  5. Cultivation

    Cultivation

    Move the medium to the cultivating room, and cultivate maitake fungus around two months while controlling the temperature, humidity, wind, and the light.

  6. Budding

    Budding

    Cut and open the top of the package of medium. Maitake mushrooms begin to bud.

  7. Flushing

    Flushing

    Grow maitake mushrooms in the breeding room for nearly two weeks where the environmental conditions are controlled. The conditions in the room are adjusted with the passage of time.

  8. Harvesting

    Harvesting

    Only those mushrooms that satisfy our rigorous internal standards are carefully harvested by hand.

  9. Packaging and Inspection

    Packaging and Inspection

    After carefully inspecting the quality of the products, they are cut into small pieces and packed fresh.

  10. Inoculation

    Shipping

    Shipped out to internal market and also overseas. By using the packaging that keeps the vegetables fresh, we can deliver them to overseas markets in spite of long distance and long time shipment.

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Corporate profile

Company name
Yukiguni Maitake Co., Ltd.
Representative
Iwao Ashikaga, President
Head office location
89 Yokawa, Minamiuonuma-shi,
Niigata Prefecture 949-6695, JAPAN
TEL:025-778-0111(main number)
Business line
Production and sales of maitake mushroom, Eringi mushroom, Shimeji Mushroom, cut vegetables, and processed mushrooms and health foods.
Capital
100 million yen
Number of employees
(Full-time employees) 1,112
(Temporary employees) 616
(Consolidated basis. As of March 2017.)
Business Office

Head office

Sales office
Niigata, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai, Hiroshima, Hokkaido
Bio Center
No.1~5 Bio Center, Gosen Bio Center
Package Center
Head Office Package Center, Shiga Package Center

Spawn Development Center