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A fertilizer-maker in western Japan has claimed success in artificially cultivating bakamatsutake mushrooms — a species related to the highly prized matsutake mushroom, with a similar taste and flavor.

Once mass production of bakamatsutake, whose scientific name is Tricholoma bakamatsutake, is ready, consumers will be able to enjoy its matsutake-like flavor, but at a lower cost, said Taki Chemical Co. the Kakogawa, Hyogo Prefecture, based company behind the research.

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