Nameko Mushroom

Small and amber-coloured, the nameko mushroom grows in clusters and its cap has a slippery covering of natural gelatin. It has an earthy, woody flavour, a pleasant silky texture and is rich in vitamins. Nameko is usually cut into small pieces and added to other ingredients. Dishes using nameko include miso soup, in which it is a standard ingredient, nameko oroshi (a combination of grated daikon radish and ponzu vinegar or soy sauce) and nameko soba (hot or cold buckwheat noodle soup topped with the mushroom).