LHASA, March 27 – Chinese scientists have called on the Tibet Autonomous Region to develop edible fungi to meet the increasing market demand.
The scientists said that they have discovered more than 1,000 species of fungi, including 415 wild ones and 138 of medicinal value in the region known as the roof of the world. The amount of fungi available for collection totals 23,000 tons annually.
Included is tricholoma matsutake, known as the king of mushrooms, which is delicious, nutritious and effective to improve immunity system.
Tibet is able to collect some 530 tons of such fungi a year, and exports some to Japan.
At present, the regional government is attracting investment in the development and utilization of edible fungi.