Mushrooms, the fruiting bodies of microscopic organisms that live in the soil or in wood, are found all over the world, and mycologists like Gary Lincoff pick hundreds of them every year. Gary shares a few of his favorite varieties.
A fall mushroom found across northern North America, the Matsutake grows under or near conifers and has a distinctive spicy aroma that makes it recognizable even when blindfolded.
Best when cooked in soups or grilled and eaten with dipping sauces, Matsutake are not meant to be prepared in butter or cream.
Maitake (Hen of the Woods)
One of the most treasured edible mushrooms of autumn, the maitake is a polypore, meaning that its underside has a surface made up of tiny pores or holes. Found growing at the base of oak trees throughout northeastern North America, a single maitake can be as large as 2 feet across and more than a foot high. The average maitake, however, is about 1 foot high and weighs 2 to 5 pounds.
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