The Swedish Matsutake mushrooms are genetically identical with
the Japanese species, there are plenty of good locations here,
and the local people are not (yet!) interested in these mushrooms.
Short history of Matsutake in Sweden
I live in the middle of Matsutake country, some people might call
it heaven, and the chances are nobody else would be interested
in picking these mushrooms except you and I. Until recently, this
mushroom was not very highly regarded, or even considered food,
and It was thought to be very rare and nobody knew it was the
same species that the Japanese call Matsutake. They even had different
latin names. But in 1998 Eric Danell and Niclas Bergius at the
University of Umeå had the scientific
evidence to prove that the Swedish Tricholoma nauseosum
was identical with the Japanese Tricholoma matsutake.
A small commerce has evolved around the mushroom since then, and
now every year Japanese Matsutake traders from Kyoto come to Sweden
to buy the best specimen for the hard to please Japanese consumers.
I will meet you at Kallax Air Port in Luleå, and from there
we will continue by car to our hotel, and the next coming days
we'll spend in the surrounding pine forests looking for Matsutake.
And while here, I shall also introduce some additional local mushrooms
to you that we can prepare together. Breakfast is served in the
hotel and lunch and dinners are enjoyed in local restaurants.
When your stay is over, I will take you back to the air port.
You could also combine this trip with some sightseeing, hiking
or other activities. Just let me know what you are interested
I have studied several mushroom courses at university level (University
of Umeå), and I am a member of the Swedish Mycology Association.
If we can't find any Matsutake?
Every year is not a good mushroom year, and we can't expect to
find a lot of Matsutake every season. If the worst case scenario
would happen that we really can't find any matsutake at all, then
there are always other local mushrooms that we could sample instead.
Or we could just hike in the nature, pick berries, or do some
sightseeing. I'm sure you will have a great holiday no matter
Price: 3500 SEK a day per person
Maximum number of participants: 4
When: August - September
Included in the price
Accommodation (yet to be decided where)
Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
All local transportation
Local guide available 24h/day
NOT included in the price.
• International and domestic flights
• Personal travel insurance
• Alcoholic beverages
How to book
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and I will get right back to you by phone or e-mail.
If this form doesn't fit your needs, you are always welcome to
contact me by e-mail.
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