One of the most prized and sought after mushrooms in the world, this seasonal delicacy is found on the menus of fine restaurants in New England and throughout the world. In Japan demand is so high that prices often range from $100 to $600/ a pound. Its name literally means "Pine Mushroom" in Japanese. In New England however they are found mostly under Eastern Hemlock in rich moist woods.
Matsutake has a powerful spicy aroma, meaty texture and an indescribably complex flavor with notes of cinnamon and pine.
Cooking tips: The entire mushroom including the stem should be used. Slice thickly and sauté on medium heat in a covered pan for 5-10 minutes with a neutral tasting oil or butter. Drizzle with soy sauce and a bit of citrus juice, or enjoy as is with a bit of salt.
Latin Name: Tricholoma magnivelare