Gucchi Mushroom : Hunters Are Facing Distressing Circumstances
Gucchi mushroom hunters are facing distressing circumstances for the second consecutive year as a result of unpredictable weather patterns, early springs, and above-average temperatures, leading to another season of low yield.
- These mushrooms are sought after for their nutty, earthy flavour and are notoriously difficult to find.
- The 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.
- These mushrooms are also replete with health benefits.
- They are rich in potassium, vitamins and copper.
- They are also a rich source of vitamin D apart from several B vitamins.
- It is further rich in antioxidants that prevent health issues including heart diseases and diabetes by removing reactive oxygen species that harm the body.
- Climate change, deforestation, and habitat destruction have also contributed to the rarity of gucchi mushrooms.
- The reduction in supplies has impacted both pickers and traders, leading to a decline in the overall production of morels.