Matsutake mushrooms are one of the most coveted products in Japan, and they are gaining more and more culinary followers in Spain. A kilo of these mushrooms can cost up to € 2,000 in Japan, and their price depends on their aroma. Why are these mushrooms so expensive?
Matsutake mushrooms have been related to longevity since time immemorial and have been consumed for many generations. These mushrooms grow at the foot of the pines and feed on fallen leaves and other materials located on the ground creating a symbiotic relationship with the trees' roots. The most valuable matsutake mushrooms are the ones that grow at the foot of Japanese red pines. In the 70s, the trees that produce food for this fungus suffered a plague of nematodes that reduced production, which increased the price of this product.
Another factor that increases their price is their extreme fragility, which entails exceptional transport measures.
Matsutake mushrooms have a herbal and spicy flavor with hints of cinnamon and pepper. They can be enjoyed in soups, grilled, and go well with both meat and fish. The best Japanese restaurants around the world use this delicate ingredient.