Mat­su­take Mush­rooms

The Peak (Malaysia) - - Food For Thought -

WHAT? Mat­su­take mush­rooms – also known as mat­take- are a species of mush­rooms that grow along the roots of red pine trees and are con­sid­ered Ja­pan’s an­swer to the culi­nary world’s love of truf­fles. Th­ese plump, heavy mush­rooms give off a fruity and spicy aroma, with a heady note of cin­na­mon, all tied to­gether by a pine­like earth­i­ness that spreads through the palate. Th­ese mush­rooms are also sym­bolic in Ja­pan with the chang­ing of the sea­sons from Sum­mer into Fall, and are there­fore a gas­tro­nom­i­cal must-have once the leaves start turn­ing brown. WHY? As with its cousin, the truf­fle, the Mat­su­take mush­room has also been fac­ing a sup­ply short­age, with the quan­tity of mush­rooms de­clin­ing sharply through­out the re­cent years. This de­cline, com­ple­mented with a hike in de­mand, works to push the mush­room to a near leg­endary sta­tus, with thou­sands talk­ing about the del­i­cacy, whilst few have tried it. If you’re in the mood to try one of th­ese de­li­cious fungi, make sure that you try the ones from the Tamba re­gion out­side of Ky­oto. Those are con­sid­ered the best and most ex­pen­sive Mat­su­take of the fam­ily, so if youre go­ing to give them a go any­way, why not aim for the best? WHERE? The mush­rooms are com­monly found in North Amer­ica, in places such as Cal­i­for­nia as well as the Pa­cific North­west, and are also known to grow in Korea, China, Ja­pan, and North­ern Eu­rope in coun­tries such as Swe­den and Fin­land. Due to the vary­ing cli­mates and ter­rains found in th­ese myr­iad of coun­tries, the Mat­su­take mush­room dif­fers slightly com­pared to the orig­i­nal in Ja­pan. For ex­am­ple, in the USA, the vari­ant of Mat­su­take grown there is known as the white Mat­su­take due to the lack of brown coloura­tion found in the species. HOW MUCH? Due to the mush­rooms never grow­ing in the same place and sprout­ing wildly across the ter­rain, the price of the mush­room can be vastly dif­fer­ent, de­pend­ing on quan­tity avail­able. Should there be a sur­plus of mush­room found in the United States as well as across Asia, then the mush­room could pos­si­bly be sold for as lit­tle as USD 3 for a kilo. If sup­ply is scarce or one opts for the Ja­panese Mat­su­take, it could reach to around USD 2,000 a kilo. A big deal breaker when it comes to the mush­room is if the cap of the fungi is open, the Mat­su­take can lose a third of its value in sales, so han­dlers al­ways opt for the younger mush­rooms.

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