Gucchi To Morel: 6 Most Expensive Mushrooms In The World
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Mushrooms are a kind of fungus that tastes delicious. Many varieties of mushrooms are specific to only certain areas and cannot be grown elsewhere. There are a lot of mushroom varieties that you will find in the market, but you will be surprised to know that there are a lot of other varieties that are not easily available and are very expensive. These varieties are grown only under specific climatic conditions and in a particular type of soil. There are multiple health benefits associated with these mushrooms like boosting brain health and promoting immunity. Let's have a look at some of the most expensive mushrooms in the world.

* Yartsu Gunbu

Yartsu Gunbu has a lot of health benefits and can prove to be miraculous for your health. It has also been used in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medical practices to cure a lot of healthy elements. It is majorly found in the Alpine regions of the Himalayas and countries like Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. The reason why it is so costly is that it is primarily found in the above-stated areas and also it is harvested occasionally. The cost of this mushroom can go up to Rs.15 lakh per kilogram. This might sound unbelievable but it's true.

* Gucchi Mushroom

The cultivation of Gucchi mushrooms is not at all easy. These are generally grown naturally and it is very hard to create an artificial ecosystem to grow them. The authentic and naturally grown Gucchi mushrooms are found very rarely and the scarce availability is one of the reasons why it is so expensive. It also has a very strong flavour and has a high demand among the most famous restaurants and chefs in the world. You can make a lot of decadent dishes with the help of these mushrooms. The cost of this mushroom can range between Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000 per 1 KG.

* Lion’s Mane Mushroom

These mushrooms are majorly found in North America, Asia and Europe. It has long spines and multiple health benefits. It is also said to have multiple healing properties and is therefore very expensive. It can protect against dementia and also reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. In ancient times it was used to cure nerve damage among people. 5 KG of this mushroom will cost you Rs.8500.

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* Chanterelle Mushroom 

These are some of the most popular mushrooms in the world and have a funnel shape that is round and folded. These mushrooms grow naturally in woods and forests and they have such a high price because of the delicious taste. Being a seasonal mushroom, Chanterelle belongs to one of the most expensive categories of mushrooms. This mushroom has a very different texture and can make any normal dish very special. 20 gms of this mushroom will cost you Rs.725.

* Morel Mushroom

Morel mushroom is exclusively cultivated in North America and Europe. The artificial cultivation of this mushroom is not at all easy and it is best grown in the forests of North America and Europe. This mushroom has a very distinct taste and is used in a lot of exquisite dishes and high-end restaurants. The price of this mushroom can range from Rs.36,000 to 37,000 per 1 KG. These mushrooms are generally imported and this  is why they are so expensive other than being rare. 

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* Matsutake Mushroom

This mushroom is grown in the Tamba area of Japan which is near Kyoto. It is generally grown at the onset of autumn and is a very famous Japanese delicacy. Japanese people love eating mushrooms and this is one of the most popular mushroom varieties that is grown in Japan and celebrates the onset of autumn. Like other expensive varieties of mushrooms, Matsutake is also best grown in a natural environment and can cost somewhere between Rs.75,000 to 1.5 lakhs per kilogram.

These are some of the most popular and expensive varieties of mushrooms from around the world. The reason why they are so expensive is, they have an amazing flavour and also have a very rare availability. The prices of these mushrooms may also fluctuate as per the season.