Matsutake means 'pine mushroom.' Thought to be an aphrodisiac by the Japanese, this tradtional delicacy is a favorite of Japanese chefs, whose preparations are well-suited to its strong, spicy-clean fragrance and taste. The unique flavor of the matsutake is owed to the rare conditions under which it grows - under the base of pine trees between 20 to 60 years old and never in the same place twice. Their magnificently spicy aroma, similar to cinnamon, enhances wild mushroom dishes and make great stuffed mushrooms. They are high in protein, low in fat and rich in vitamins B1, B2, and D, and are believed to have many healthful properties.