Pholiota microspora, commonly known as Pholiota nameko or shortly nameko (ナメコ?), is a small, amber-brown mushroom with a slightly gelatinous coating that is used as an ingredient in miso soup and nabemono. In some countries this mushroom is available in kit form and can be grown at home. It is one of Japan's most popular cultivated mushrooms, tastes slightly nutty and is often used in stir-fries.
Nameko has an earthy, forest flavor that is enhanced when sautéed, and the silky texture withstands the sautéing process well. The layer of naturally occurring gelatin on the cap allows Nameko to lightly thicken soups and sauces.
The beautiful, bright-orange color and glossy, moist texture of this mushroom adds an enchanting dimension to culinary creations. This mushroom is a wonderful complement for meat, fowl, and game. Nameko is popular in Asia where it is a standard ingredient in Miso soup. Certified organic by QAI. Firm texture with a slightly fruity forest flavor, and a stunning accent of amber color. Pair with Pinot Noir. it likes shallot, dark green vegetables, miso, red meats.