I will miss the Matsutake season as they are harvested in the fall, the earliest occurring in September from pine forests in diverse locations around Japan. The M which grow in Japan and other parts of Asia stem from Japanese Red Pine while in North America, the Matsutake spawn at the base of various fir and pine trees including Douglas and Noble firs, and Sugar and Ponderosa Pines. In the hierarchy of the Matsutake world, the North American mushrooms are referred to as White Matsutake, as opposed to Matsutake that are harvested in Asia which are more brown in color and more fragrant. In Japan Matsutake can easily cost more than your eyes can afford; a wink at a small mushroom of 50 grams can cost as much as one-hundred Euro.
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