How to distinguish a Matsutake Mushroom?
They can be distinguished by their small to medium size and the rounded, convex caps that thicken to a stout stem. As they age, the caps will flatten out, making them look slightly more prominent and will begin to grow a brown scale texture and spots over the lid. If you catch them early, you will notice a smooth, dry cap that is white, and the edges are curled in which makes them very distinguishable from other mushrooms. If you lift the mushroom, it is upside down; they are a beige, white shade with attached gills. Not many people think of mushrooms, but these are known for their unusual cinnamon and pine scent.