Bhutan Matsutake Mushroom | 松茸 | 송이 | 松栮
The gourmet mushrooms have often been referred to as the king of mushrooms. Matsutake's are extremely rare and cannot be cultivated in farms. It can only grow in forests where there are pine trees only.
In Bhutan, Matsutake is also locally known as Sangay Shamu.
Matsutake mushrooms have a very specific flavor and appears as a thick and fatty mushroom. It contains high amount of protien, high in fat, fiber, it also contains many vitamns such as B1, B2, Vitamin C.
What are the benefits?
- Matsutake mushrooms are proven to be effective in fighting different cancers.
- Matsutake mushrooms are believed to be a natural anti-cancer remedy, that doesn’t have any side effects.
How to prepare or cook Matsutake at home?
Try marinating matsutakes for 10 minutes in soy sauce, dry sherry or sugar, and good-quality bland oil. Then roast them on a grill until golden brown and serve alongside a main course. Matsutakes will do wonders for chicken broth and stir-fried dishes. Cut both stem and cap in small pieces, as this mushroom is firm and chewy. It has a magnificent penetrating unique flavor not like anything else: spicy, but not peppery.
When making rice, quickly lift the lid of the cooking pot and throw in a handful of matsutake bits. Replace the lid to allow the rice and mushrooms to harmonize inside the pot. This elevates a bland grain to ethereal heights.
Matsutakes blend well with chicken or fish. Even when frozen for a whole year, they retain most of their original zesty flavor.
Fresh or frozen mushrooms may be used interchangeably in all recipes.
How to preserve Matsutake mushrooms?
Slice or dice for freezing. you can also wrap whole mushrooms in aluminum foil, then place them carefully in plastic bags prior to freezing.
The flavor of matsutakes suffers when subjected to drying, although they may still add interest to culinary dishes.
July - August season every year