Matsutake (dried; sliced)
Newly foraged October 2021.
Please note that some settling of dehydrated matsutake occurs during shipping. You will probably notice what appear to be a small amount of "crumbs" at the bottom of the bag when your shipment arrives, similar to the bottom of a box of cereal.
Matsutake have developed a reputation for being highly coveted. Pickers scour forests each year foraging for them, and matsutake patches are closely held secrets. So what's the big deal with matsutake? It is all about the aroma and flavor. As far as strange flavors go, the matsutake really takes the cake. In fact, it’s flavor is so strange that it is hard to even describe. It’s been said they’re cinnamon like, piney, woodsy, like rotten earth, or even fishy. (From the Forager Chef. Read more at http://foragerchef.com/there-can-be-only-one-matsutakepine-mushroom-2/). Most chefs we have spoken to seem to agree that simple preparation is the optimal method to highlight the unique qualities of the matsutake.