Bioprospecting of selected wild mushrooms from the tribal zone of Northwest Himalaya, India
Abstract views: 151 / PDF downloads: 157
Keywords:Wild mushrooms, Kinnaur, Nutrition, Northwest Himalaya
Fourteen wild edible and medicinal mushrooms representing ten families were collected in an altitude range of 1,867-4,187 metres above sea level form Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, NW Himalaya. The biochemical analysis of sporocarps revealed that the carbohydrate content was maximum in Coprinus comatus and protein was highest in Auricularia auricula-judae, while the fibre content was recorded highest in Ganoderma lucidum. The energy value was determined using the amount of carbohydrates, protein, and fats present in the sporocarps. It was highest in Helvella lacunosa and lowest in G. lucidum. The ash content of sporocarps was used to estimate the mineral composition. The ash content was highest in the sporocarps of S. crispa, closely followed by L. perlatum, R. brevipes, and lowest in R. stricta. The potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium content in general was recorded higher in majority of mushrooms as compared to zinc, manganese, copper, etc. Despite the variations in nutrient content, these mushrooms appear to have a good overall nutritional profile. They have the potential to greatly fulfil people's requirement of proteins, and macro and micronutrients. Therefore, mushrooms should undoubtedly be included in our diets on a more regular basis to improve the quality of our current diets.
How to Cite
I/We have taken permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the matter not owned by me and acknowledged the source.
I/We permit editors to publish the said paper in the journal or in any other means with editorial modification, if any.
In case of publication of the article in the journal,
I/We hereby assign copyright to the Mushroom Research Journal for its publication in any form/language including all media (print and electronic, or presently unknown), and exclusive right to use the matter for the life of the work (no time restriction on re-use of matter).Â