The maitake mushroom, commonly known as "hen of the woods" or "ram's head," is a delicious and healthy mushroom. The Japanese name "Maitake" means "dancing mushroom," as the mushroom can easily reach 30-50 lbs, which is certainly cause for a celebration! Very often sold in supplemental form such as pills and powder, the maitake is renowned for its health benefits. In addition the maitakes are noted for their taste. Rich and woodsy in flavor along with the meaty texture make them a delicious addition to many different dishes.