Japan Firm Succeeds in Artificial Cultivation of Mushroom Close to Matsutake

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Kobe, Hyogo Pref., Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)--A fertilizer maker in western Japan has claimed it succeeded in artificially cultivating "bakamatsutake," a mushroom species close to precious matsutake, for the first time in the world.

Once mass production of bakamatsutake, whose scientific name is Tricholoma bakamatsutake, is ready, consumers will be able to enjoy its matsutake-like taste and flavor at low cost, Taki Chemical Co. <4025>, based in Kakogawa, Hyogo Prefecture, said.

Bakamatsutake mushrooms live together with beech family plants and, thus, are found in beech and oak forests, not in red pine woods where matsutake mushrooms grow. The growth season of bakamatsutake comes about one month ahead of the matsutake season, according to the company.

It is said that they were named baka (stupid) matsutake because they fail to grow in the same place and the same season as matsutake.

But Taki Chemical said bakamatsutake is often described as tasting and smelling better than matsutake.

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