India: World's costliest mushroom cultivated artificially for the first time

The Directorate of Mushroom Research, led by the Indian Council of Agriculture Research-run has achieved a rare feat of successfully cultivating world’s costliest edible fungi. It is the Morchella mushroom, commonly known as the ‘Gucchi’.

In 2019, dr V.P. Sharma, Director, DMR assigned the challenge to Dr Anil Kumar who prepared a dedicated project to achieve the objective. It was called ‘Standardization of cultivation technique for Morchella mushroom’.

Globally acclaimed for its unique flavour and aroma, Morchella mushroom is a culinary delicacy and a gastronomical delight. The fresh morel mushroom season is limited to a barely few weeks in the spring. It is collected from the wild habitats in northwestern Himalayas by the locals and primarily exported to Europe and United State of America.

According to¸ it is sold for price ranging from Rs 10,000 to 30,000 per kg (€110 - 330). Owing to difficulties in its artificial cultivation, the wild morels yield huge profits.

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