Tricholoma matsutake, or just Matsutake have been highly prized in Asia, especially Japan, for thousands of years. They are still given as upscale gifts today. Most of the wild harvested Matsutake in the US is exported for sale to overseas, especially as they are becoming harder to find in Asia due to environmental reasons. Pound for pound, this the most expensive culinary mushroom in the world (truffles aren’t true mushrooms)! This mushroom only grows in cooler/ cold weather pine forests in Asia and the Western US during the fall season.
A little goes a long way with these mushrooms, as they have a strong, rich, earthy flavor with hints of pine.
Nearby Naturals dried Matsutake mushrooms are harvested and dried here in the USA and shipped to your door. A 2 oz bag of dried mushrooms equals just under 1.5 lbs of fresh mushrooms (as harvested).
There are no preservatives or additional ingredients, just 100% mushrooms.
Just soak your Matsutake in warm water to reconstitute. (We recommend that you save the water - it retains a good amount of the Matsutake's flavor, and makes a great stock for soups. Just be sure to strain it through some cheesecloth or a paper towel first. This liquid should be cooked thoroughly just as the mushrooms should.) They can be sauteed and eaten on their own or as a welcome ingredient in a number of dishes.