A mushroom long-prized as an autumn luxury food, matsutake has a wonderfully rich aroma and subtle taste. It grows most commonly under Japanese red pine trees that are more than 25 years old. It is therefore difficult to gather matsutake, this rarity adding to the price. Matsutake can be enjoyed in soup, cooked with rice, grilled or stuffed. Not only delicious, matsutake is low in fat, high in protein and rich in vitamins B1, B2, and D.