Japan’s autumn flavor of the “Matsutake”, the king of mushrooms!

Matsutake is a popular autumnal food in Japan. It is said to have the taste of a shimeji mushroom, even though it still smells like a Matsutake mushroom. Its grown in Japan and considered very expensive.

2017-04-21   Foods & Drinks, Seasonal,

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Matsutake

Harvest time in Japan.

What kind of mushrooms do you usually eat in your country? In Japan, autumn is the season for harvesting and also the season for ‘autumn flavored’ food. Grains and fruits are fully grown and the king of mushrooms is the “Matsutake”. It’s been eaten ever since 3 B.C and clay doll remains, made from Matsutake, have recently been discovered. It’s still a popular and precious food that’s eaten in Japan, only available during autumn.

Matsutake

Matsutake-gohan
Matsutake-gohan

Let’s enjoy Matsutake cuisine in Japan!

Why not try Matsutake cuisine, only available in Japan! There are many kinds of dishes that use Matsutake such as Matsutake steamed rice, grilled Matsutake, and chawan-mushi. The season for Matsutake is the end of August to the end of November, but the best times are during September and October. Matsutake steamed rice smells very delicious. The texture of Matsutake is very unique and tastes delicious. You can try them at any Ryokan (hotel) or Japanese restaurant. It might be expensive, but you can sometimes find it at Japanese chain stores.

Aka-matsu
Aka-matsu

The wild Matsutake is rare.

Matsutake grows on a pine tree called “Akamatsu”. It’s hard to artificially grow Matsutake and its harvest has declined due to the changing environment around Aka-matsu, thus increasing its price. Matsutake mushrooms have been imported from Korea, China, Scandinavia, and North America, but only Japanese people are said to consider them edible.

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kyoami

kyoami

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I love Japanese folkcraft article, traditional handicrafts and antiques. I’m seeking the Japanese people’s religious outlooks and its origins that are behind Japanese people’s unique sense and techniques rooted in the ordinary life.