Gucchi mushrooms are spongy, have a honeycombed head and a savory flavor – they come from the Morchellaceae family of the Ascomycota. (Photo credit: someplacemanali/Instagram)
New Delhi: Mushrooms are unique – be it their flavour, texture, cooking techniques or the nutrition quotient. They stand out in every way – and also one of the best vegan sources of vitamin D. Button or shiitake, most people tend to love a touch of mushrooms in their meals – although some varieties are poisonous and must NEVER be ingested. But what if we told you that there is a unique variety of this food found exclusively in the foothills or Himalayas and is not just edible but also incredibly expensive – they are gucchi mushrooms. In a recent Instagram Story, Bigg Boss fame Rubina Dilaik was seen relishing a plate of these roasted mushrooms that are priced at a whopping Rs 18000 per 500 grams as per organic cashmere.
Gucchi mushrooms are spongy, have a honeycombed head and a savory flavor – they come from the Morchellaceae family of the Ascomycota. They are pale yellow in color with pits and ridges on the cap and a large white steam. These unique mushrooms are cultivated commercially in conifer forests in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. It takes months to collect, dry and bring them to the market.
What are the health benefits of gucchi mushrooms?
Conventionally, mushrooms are high in vitamin D along with fiber. They also have potassium, B-vitamins, antioxidants and copper to offer. Doctors say that their ingestion is strongly associated with better management of diabetes and heart diseases. They are known to release oxidative stress which can harm the body.
Many even wonder how to include gucchi mushrooms in the diet – all that one needs to do is slice them in half, sear on high heat and serve. In the Instagram post, Rubina Dilaik is seen eating them in Pulao.
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