Mushrooms are consumed in almost every part of the world. Previously they were used only as natural medicines and compresses but later on people started consuming them too. Mushrooms can be grown either naturally or in commercial indoor growing areas. There are various kinds of mushrooms available all around the world. Different kinds of mushrooms have different kinds of price rates. But the mushrooms which are considered to be true edible delicacies are basically too expensive. These kinds of mushrooms are difficult to harvest and cultivate and are very rarely cultivated. Given below are the top five costliest mushrooms available in the world:
Yartsa Gunbu: These mushrooms grow out from the bodies of ghost moth caterpillars when the parasitic fungus eats away the body of the caterpillar which ultimately leads to its death. These mushrooms are harvested in the Himalayas and the Tibetan plateau.They generally cost around $2,000 an ounce. These mushrooms are considered to be a symbol of status in those areas in which they are grown.
European white truffle: These mushrooms are considered to be the second most expensive mushrooms in the world. They cost around $3,600 per pound. They are too expensive because it is very much difficult to harvest them. These mushrooms are mostly found in France and Italy where they have a great demand in the markets. The scarcity of these mushrooms has led to the emergence of a black market where they are sold at much higher rates.
Matsutake: This mushroom is considered to be a true delicacy by the Japanese people. It has a spicy and fruity aroma. Its price ranges from $1,000 to $2,000 per pound. These mushrooms grow naturally on red pine trees as there are no new methods developed by human beings for cultivating them. Matsutake is also considered to be an endangered species of mushroom because it is found only in a few regions where there are red pine trees.
Morels: The dried forms of these mushrooms have a very high demand. This is because these mushrooms have a very light weight and it takes a lot of them to make even a pound. They generally cost around $254 per pound. On the other hand, the fresh morals range from $30 to $90 per pound. They are available in the United States between the months of March and May. They are found in sufficient quantity in the states of the Midwest. These mushrooms are very difficult to find because they are mostly surrounded by trees in the forest areas.
Chanterelles: These mushrooms basically grow in the coniferous. These Chanterelles come in various colors like golden, orange, yellow and white. These mushrooms have specific growing conditions which make them very much expensive. The prices of dried Chanterelles range from around $224 per pound.
So, these are the top five most expensive mushrooms in the world. Although they come in expensive prices, they are considered to be one of the most happening delicacies in the world.
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