Observation 218443: Tricholoma murrillianum Singer
When: 2015-10-03
No herbarium specimen
0 Sequences

Incredible first big flush of Matsie buttons for Lara and myself. This banger was found at the base of a small cluster of Allotropa virgata or Candy cane plant(a mycoheterotrophic parasite of T.magnivelare mycelium).

Small, compact and not at all waterlogged. Love to find the #1’s and 2’s before the hard rains come. In addition to the expected “Cinn-aroma” of most matsutake The early season’s smell so much more Alpha pinene-esque than the heavy soaked late season flags and are usually much much firmer.

Elevation: 1700ft.

Temp: mid 50’s.

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©DREW HENDERSON. Lara Henderson holding a big #2 button – freshly picked from the cascade mountain moss.
©DREW HENDERSON. Next to Allotropa virgata
©DREW HENDERSON. Next to Allotropa virgata.

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By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2015-10-11 06:05:30 PDT (-0700)

Gloating gleefully! We made a nice batch of miso soup with these firm guys cubed up in place of our usual firm tofu cubes. Just the boiling water, miso paste and matsies! If you get a chance this season try this out. Sounds boring, but it really lets the matsutake flavor dance for a long time in the broth. Even after re-heating the next day the umami, cinnamon and pine flavor was intense.

In reference to the comment about alpha pinene and the odor of Matsutake. Just like most all plants, herbs etc. mushrooms have different terpenes, terpenoids, triterpenes, triterpenoids, sequeterpenes, etc. or to directly translate flavors. For instance, the terpene linalool is in most things “purple” and are associated with creating a natural sense of relaxation and calm. Lavender is a good example of a strong linalool containing herb.

Alpha pinene is usually present in most fungi that derive nutrients from pine trees or pine substrates. Hence the early buttons have a more evident and readily identifiable pine smell when young and dry. Moreover, dried herbs in the same likeness tend to give the most pungent odor.

The same terpene in almonds, almond extract, etc. is also found in Agaricus augustus- hence the almond/marzapan smell and flavor there.

Google some terpene info and see what you might come up with for anise scented mushrooms like Clitocybe.


I am still waiting to see less drool and more full baskets from the Oregon regions of the PNW this year!

Still free to share a spot or two with you if you can make it up here before November Daniel ;-)



Go ahead and gloat, you glutton.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2015-10-11 05:44:34 PDT (-0700)

Sometime soon these will come up in my area…I hope.

Don’t quite understand your comment: “The early season’s smell so much more Alpha pinene-esque than the heavy soaked late season flags and are usually much much firmer.” Alpha pinene-esque? What?

At this time just drooling all over your photos.

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