Matsutake Mushrooms (Japan)
This week, let’s take a look at one very expensive mushroom: the matsutake. They sell at $1000/pound!! They are so expensive because they are extremely rare. They used to be synonymous with autumn in Japan. However, the introduction of an insect that kills the trees they grow under, has dramatically reduced the number of matsutake mushrooms produced. A new method of farming the mushrooms is still being developed, but until then the matsutake is left with a huge obstacle of survival and a huge price tag for aficinadoes.