Notes: Tricholoma matsutake is widespread in Europe but rare.
It is (or was) called here Tricholoma nauseosum.
Tricholoma matsutake and Tricholma nauseosum are the same species:
Tricholoma matsutake is often confused with Tricholoma caligatum.
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that you are well aquainted with this group. In Scandinavia we have another sister species with a disgusting taste (T. dulciolens, grows with Picea on calcareous ground). I trust them to be mycorrhizal anyway – I dont think it rules out the possibility to grow them on agar.
The habitat is a mixed coniferous forest (Pinus sylvestris,
Pinus nigra, Abies alba). The taste is spicy and pleasant.
By contrast, the taste of Tricholoma caligatum is disgusting.
The colors are maybe due to the fact that the photo was taken
using flash and artificial light. And in my opinion there are
several strains of Tricholoma matsutake. The specimens from
Scandinavia look more whitish then the specimens from
middle or southern Europe. And I doubt, that Tricholoma
matsutake is really a mycorrhiza species. Because a friend of
mine started successfully a culture on agar and produced
spawn showing micro fruitbodies. Maybe I should post a
picture of that, but this is not a mushroom grower forum.
In what kind of habitat did these grow – and did you taste them?
Somehow, they don’t look quite like the nauseosum/matsutake I use to find (too much brown, especially on the stem).
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