© JAPAN Forward Kanazawa’s Gift: The World Discovers the Autumn Flavor of Japanese Matsutake 2020-10-26 Mon 2020-10-26 Mon It is around this time of year, when the cool autumn breezes begin to blow, that we find a morning visit to Omicho Market in Kanazawa City much changed. It’s no longer blisteringly hot, and the produce on sale is different. Seasonal delicacies such as sweet shrimp and sandfish, landed by deep sea trawls begun in September, lie invitingly on beds of ice. Even the names of fish — the sanma (Pacific saury, sometimes called pike mackerel) and anko (anglerfish, also called monkfish) — used in conversation with the fishmonger evoke a sense of autumn. © JAPAN Forward Yet, without a doubt, when Japanese chefs think of autumn flavors, it is the distinct taste of matsutake mushrooms that first springs to mind. It is said that, of all world cuisines, Japan’s is the most conscious of the changing of the seasons. Interested buyers selecting matsutake for the day’s cuisine,© JAPAN Forward Interested buyers selecting matsutake for the day’s cuisine And given that the taste of matsutake mushrooms — harvested between September and October — cannot yet be replicated artificially, their very appearance in seasonal dishes is enough to make us think of autumn. A poem in Japan’s oldest collection of classical poetry, the Manyoshu (approx. AD 759), dedicated specifically to the autumn scent of matsutake, shows just how long Japanese people have associated the two. Written by Japan ForwardThe continuation of this article can be read on the "Japan Forward" site.Kanazawa’s Gift: The World Discovers the Autumn Flavor of Japanese Matsutake Prefecture By - grape Japan editorial staff. Tags: Japan / JAPAN Forward / Japanese food / matsutake / Mushrooms grape Japan Food Kanazawa’s Gift: The World Discovers the Autumn Flavor of Japanese Matsutake Related Article Cat And Owl Besties Are Just Some Of The Animals You Can Visit At Osaka’s Cat Cafe Professional Anime Artist Continues Transforming His Sons’ Sketches Into Amazing Characters New Spring Season Strawberry Latte Tapioca Announced by TP TEA Venerated Japanese Incense Maker Releases New Black Fallen Leaf Incense Fairy Tale Pajamas From Japan Let You Lounge Around As Alice, Snow White, And More Japan Releases KFC-Scented Bath Salts Because Why The Hell Not?