Matsutake mushrooms dried have been revered by the Japanese for over 1000 years and until the 17th century, was consumed only by members of the imperial court. The highly prized matsutake mushroom dried is quite possibly one of the most distinct mushrooms you will ever taste. You will find the texture and aroma of this mushroom totally intoxicating. With a defined firmness and crunch, they will add amazing flavor and aroma to your favorite broths and rice dishes. Also try grilling them and serving with fish.
So adored for its flavor this mushroom was almost harvested to extinction. When the Matsutake began to finally recover from over-harvesting a nematode infestation then took them back into being quite endangered. As of today, high-quality wild Matsutake mushroom dried can go for thousands of dollars. In response, the Matsutake is now being responsibly farmed around the world to make the peppery mushroom more available.
The best possible way to prepare dried Matsutake mushrooms is on the grill. Marinate them in teriyaki, hoisin, or a bit of sherry vinegar for about 30-40 minutes. Afterwards, grill them until they lose much of their body and water. Eat them straight or serve them on top of salads, rolled into sushi, or add to pizzas.“I’m the Matsutake mushroom, and I’ll do what I want!” You want a quiet and demure little shrooms? Get the **** out of here. The Matsutake is rare, spicy with hints of egg, and there are zero substitutes for its mighty flavor.