Udhampur: The Forest Department officials of Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur division on Sunday seized 307 kilograms of Guchhi (wild mushrooms) worth Rs 90-92 lakhs during a search operation, the Divisional Forest Officer said in an official statement.
The seizure occurred when Forest Department officials with the police, intercepted a vehicle. Subsequent to the search operation, they recovered a total of 307 kilograms of mushrooms.
“Guchhi mushroom is considered to be the costliest mushroom in the world. Its market value is around 25,000 to 30,000 per kg. As much as 307 kilograms of mushroom was recovered from the car. The haul could be potentially worth Rs 90-92 lakhs in the market,” the forest official said.
Guchhi are wild mushrooms that are not easily cultivated and grow in specific ecological conditions, such as certain types of soil, moisture levels, and temperature ranges. It’s highly-priced for its unique flavour and texture. The scarcity of Guchhi mushrooms contributes to their high price. It’s known for its distinctive appearance, which includes a honeycomb-like cap and a hollow stem.