Shimejii mushroom is a Japanese mushroom that grows on fallen oak, beech or elm trees. There are many varieties of Shimejii but only one is cultivated in Australia at the present time. Shimejii grows in tight bunches joined at the bottom of their stems. They have small brown to grey caps becoming paler as the mushroom matures. The stem is white and has a meaty taste and firm texture. Shimejii are sold in clumps and should be separated from the base before using. They are excellent in soups, casseroles, in tempura, grilled or stir-fried with other ingredients.