From Dry Mushroom to Fresh Mushroom*October 4, 2010Have you ever tasted fresh Shiitake mushrooms? My mother told me that my grandparents never tasted freshShiitake mushrooms. In my grandparents’ time, only dry Shiitake mushrooms were available. Shiitake mushroomswere gathered, preserved by dehydration and transported to consumers in the cities.Fresh Shiitake mushroomswere available only to those people living in the neighborhood of mushroom farms. Now, in addition to dry Shiitakemushrooms, fresh Shiitake mushrooms are readily available in Hong Kong.Some changes between our grandparents’ time and our time must have caused the change in the availability offresh Shiitake mushrooms to us.In searching for explanations for this change in the type of mushroom consumption, I find that technologyadvancement plays an important role. To set the stage, let me assume that fresh Shiitake mushroom are valued thesame today as in our grandparents’s years. In other words, the demand for fresh Shiitake mushroom has remained
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