Fresh Matsutake Mushrooms - per lb
Item #: MFM201
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Description 

  

Matsutake literally means "pine mushroom." Revered throughout Asia, this traditional delicacy is a favorite of Japanese chefs, whose preparations are well-suited to its strong, spicy-clean fragrance and taste.

The unique flavor of fresh matsutake mushrooms, (Tricholoma magnivelare),  is owed to the rare conditions under which it grows - under the base of pine trees between 20 to 60 years old. Their magnificently spicy aroma, reminiscent of pine and cinnamon, enhances wild mushroom dishes and makes 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.


Matsutake mushrooms are available September - January

Click here for more information on Matsutake mushrooms and a fantastic recipe from Food Writer/TV Chef Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen.com!

 

 

 

 

 

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Recipes

Chawan Mushi with Matsutake Mushrooms
To most Americans, the word "custard" usually means sweet, eggy and often bland desserts. The traditional Japanese favorite, called "Chawan Mushi" is something quite different. This is a delicate, savory egg custard that may contain any number of different ingredients, mostly depending on the individual cooks who make it.

This dish is so popular that special lidded chawan mushi cups are readily available in most Asian markets. If you don't already have these special cups, there's no need to buy them just for this dish. Just use any heatproof tea or coffee cups, regular custard cups or ramekins.

We've modified this dish slightly to accommodate Western tastes by adding an extra egg for a firmer, custardy texture. If you prefer the traditional lighter, soupier version, just use three eggs instead of four.
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Wild Mushroom Wontons - Basic Recipe
Wontons are fun. They’re great party food, perfect as appetizers and for special occasions. But wontons are, at their heart, simple Asian comfort food. While fillings can vary, the basic technique remains the same: a mixture of meat, seafood, vegetables or mushrooms (or any combination thereof) is wrapped by a thin sheet of dough, tightly sealed at the edges. The wrapper is usually made of wheat flour, egg, a pinch of salt and a little water – very similar to Italian pasta dough. We chose to make our wontons, not with the more typical shiitake mushrooms, but with something a little more exotic – the prized matsutake mushroom. Why not? With a surplus of beautiful “pine mushrooms” on hand, we thought we’d splurge.
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Wild Mushroom Wonton Soup
When it comes to comfort food, wonton soup is at the top of the list. Think of it as the Asian equivalent of chicken noodle soup. Steaming hot, chock-full of plump, tender wontons and other tasty goodies, this soup will both fill you up and chase away the doldrums. How can such a simple soup make you so happy?
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Crisp-Fried Wild Mushroom Wontons
Ah, crisp, crackly deep-fried wontons! Every crunchy bite tastes just as good as it sounds. Add a tasty dipping sauce and get the party started! Can it be matsutake you taste?
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Stuffed Matsutake Mushrooms
Matsutake mushroom possess a particular flavor and aroma that is both subtle and unmistakable at the same time. The best matsutake preparations enhance, rather than overpower, their delicate notes of pine, sandy earth, cinnamon and saffron. A small amount of finely chopped fresh rosemary and some whole pine nuts seemed to be just the right additions to the simple bread crumb stuffing used in this recipe. Matsutake mushrooms can benefit from a little acid flavor, so we decided to use sourdough bread crumbs in addition to the more traditional Japanese panko.
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Matsutake Mushroom Chowder
The firm texture of matsutake mushrooms is a superb substitute for clams in this take on the classic New England style chowder. In fact, you might just come to prefer this version over the “traditional” kind!
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Roasted Matsutake Mushrooms
The flavor of Matsutake mushrooms is clean and spicy, their surprisingly firm texture meaty and satisfying. Everyone seems to agree that simple preparations are the best way to showcase the unique qualities of the matsutake. This simple method of first marinating, then roasting matsutake mushrooms brings out their flavors fully.
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Matsutake Tempura with Ponzu Sauce
Crisp, crackly tempura is a wonderful way to show off the subtle flavors and distinctive aromas of the marvelous matsutake mushroom. The tangy ponzu dipping sauce provides a delightful counterpoint to the mild mushrooms.
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