Archive for October 3rd, 2011

Matsusake Mushrooms, Autumn Is Here! – Japan

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

By Emi Kagawa

The Matsutake Mushroom is not so much about taste as it is fragrance, it has a very faint, in some cases, almost indistinguishable earthy, pine scent. They are hard to find and are usually hidden under leaves at the foot of a pine tree. Each year it is becoming harder to find enough of them in Japan to meet demand, to supplement the supply they are also gathered in Korea, China and the Pacific Northwest coast of North America.