Recently, Guchhi mushroom of Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
- The GI tag will create branding and commercial interest for these mushrooms which will help the local farmers get higher prices for their efforts.
About Gucchi Mushroom:
- Guchhi mushroom is a species of fungus in the family Morchellaceae of the Ascomycota
- They are pale yellow in colour with large pits and ridges on the surface of the cap, raised on a large white stem.
- It is primarily obtained from the forests and pastures of Doda district and it is also found in the high altitude areas of Kupwara, Pahalgam, Shopian, Kishtwar and Poonch of Jammu & Kashmir.
- It is one of the costliest mushrooms in the world which is known for its spongy, honeycombed head and savoury flavour.
- Benefits- They are rich in antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that prevent health issues including heart diseases and diabetes by removing reactive oxygen species that harm the body.
- They are also considered a rich source of protein, potassium, copper, carbohydrates and Vitamin B.
- The exotic wild mushrooms are used in pulaos and served during celebratory occasions such as marriages.
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