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.

GI tag sought for India's costliest mushroom - The Hindu BusinessLine

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.
What is a GI Tag? 

  • A geographical indication is a name or sign used on products which correspond to a specific geographical location or origin.
  • It possesses the qualities or reputation that are inherent in the products due to that origin.
  • It is used for natural, agricultural and manufactured goods.
  • The Department for promotion of industry and internal trade (DPIIT) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, provides the GI tag in India.