The famous Matsutake (literally, “pine mushroom”), revered throughout Asia, and most especially in Japan, grows abundantly in many far-flung corners of world, including much of North America.
Matsutake mushroom possess a particular flavor and aroma that is both subtle and unmistakable at the same time. Like other mushrooms, their flavor is evocative of the soil and climate in which they grow. The best matsutake preparations enhance, rather than overpower, their delicate notes of pine, sandy earth, cinnamon and saffron.
Though many matsutake recipes have a distinctively Asian touch, the incredible flavors of this pungent wild mushrooms are equally suited to decidedly Western preparations. Their magnificently spicy aroma enhances wild mushroom dishes and makes a great stuffed mushroom. Matsutake are also wonderful when done tempura-style, roasted, in braised dishes and served alongside shellfish, chicken and meats.
If you’re not fortunate enough to live in a region where fresh matsutake mushrooms can be foraged, you can purchase them in season from Earthy Delights.