Hericium is a genus of edible mushrooms in the Hericiaceae family. Species in this genus are white and fleshy and grow on dead or dying wood; fruiting bodies resemble a mass of fragile icicle-like spines that are suspended from either a branched supporting framework or from a tough, unbranched cushion of tissue. via Synaptic Stimuli
A broth with several slices of a pine mushroom would be served in a lidded bowl or pot, for example, so that the scent of earthy pine with a tinge of cinnamon swirls within the container until it is finally released. "Everyday" matsutake mushrooms can sell for about $30 for a quarter of a pound. Because the native forests don't produce enough matsutakes to fill the demand, Japan imports them from the Pacific Northwest and Korea. Sugiyama serves grilled matsutake with a dipping sauce made ...