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Market Watch: The hunt is on for these rare 'shrooms

October 3, 2010 |  6:03 am

Peeling

Much of the mystique around matsutakes derives from their heady aroma, redolent of the forests in which they grow. Much of the aroma resides in the skin, but dirt tends to adhere and cannot readily be removed by simple brushing. Washing matsutakes is a big no-no, since the aromatic compounds are water soluble. Using a sharp knife, you have to pare off a thin layer of skin -- but it's worth the effort. Matsutakes are arriving in farmers markets now: Read more in this week's Market Watch report by Davd Karp and check out his photo gallery showing off all the fruits and vegetables that are fresh this week.

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