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Shiitake farmer looking to build on her mushrooming success

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By Yuka Nakao

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It's a common story, but basically there is no money in primary produce like shiitake. So what you have to do is either go super-high market, like this lady supplying Michelin restaurants, or process them into something people will pay a premium for. Pasta sauce, dashi powder, etc. Which is great for that producer, but is pretty niche and is therefore not the answer to Japan's farming woes. There is only so much demand at this price point.

fwiw, shiitake will grow on pretty much any hardwood log, not just the shii oak tree.

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Sounds like a fun gal.

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