Bright orange nameko mushrooms are a popular Japanese mushroom variety with a mild, earthy flavor and an aroma similar to cashews. Their caps display a distinctive glossy sheen due to a naturally occurring gelatin coating.
Also known as butterscotch mushrooms in the United States
Soft, silky texture (when rehydrated) and a sweet, nutty flavor
Cap ranges from 1 to 3 inches in diameter, while stems are 2 to 3 inches long
Native to Japan, Nameko Mushrooms are a common addition to miso soup. The mushrooms’ gelatinous coating serves as a natural thickener, while their mild flavor and cashew-like aroma enhances the soup’s salty, meaty taste.