The Government of Jammu & Kashmir sought GI tag for Gucchi mushroom. J&K Gucchi mushrooms are highly expensive and are full of health benefits. 500 grams of Gucchi mushrooms cost Rupees 18000.
Recently, GI Tag (Geographical indication) was provided to Saffron of Jammu & Kashmir.
It is a species of fungus belonging to the family Morchellaceae. They are a pale yellow in colour with large ridges and pits on their cap. They are raised on a large white stem. Gucchi mushrooms are locally known as “Thuntoo”.
J&K Gucchi mushrooms prefer soil with limestone base. They also grow in acid soils. They are usually found in early spring.
Gucchi mushrooms are referred to “May Mushrooms” in the North American region.
The time of fruiting of the Gucchi mushrooms varies locally from February to July. In Canada, they appear only after June.
Expensive “Gucchi mushrooms”
They cannot be cultivated commercially. They grow in the conifer forests of Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh and J&K. It takes months for the villagers to collect these mushrooms, dry them and bring them to the market. They grow in clusters on logs of decaying wood, humus soil and leaves. Gucchi mushrooms may not grow in the same spot the next season. This makes the process of collection more tedious. Due to these reasons, the Gucchi mushrooms are highly expensive.
It cannot be cultivated commercially for their nature of germination. They germinate and grow in low temperature soil. They usually appear after fires. The fruiting of the Gucchi mushrooms require alkaline conditions produced by wood ash mixed with water. These criteria make commercial cultivation of Gucchi highly challenging.
Health Benefits with Gucchi mushrooms
They are rich in vitamins, potassium and copper. They are also rich in Vitamin D. further they are rich in antioxidants that prevent health issues such as heart diseases and diabetes.
Jammu & Kashmir seeks GI tag for Gucchi Mushroom Jammu & Kashmir seeks GI tag for Gucchi Mushroom