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South Korea: Rural Development Administration succeeds in artificial cultivation of the world's rare mushroom 'Morel mushroom'

Published May 29, 2024

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The Rural Development Administration in South Korea has developed a new artificial cultivation technology for morel mushrooms, a globally rare and highly valued mushroom for its unique flavor and health benefits. This marks the first time such technology has been developed in the country. Morel mushrooms are known for their chewy texture, distinct flavor, and high organic germanium content, which has numerous health benefits. The technology involves cultivating morel mushroom spawn and then inoculating them into boxes or greenhouse soil to grow the mushrooms. The administration plans to transfer this technology to young farmers or farms interested in cultivating the mushroom.
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(Jeonju = Yonhap News) Reporter Kyeong-jae Jeong = The Rural Development Administration announced on the 28th that it had developed and registered a patent for the first time in Korea to develop artificial cultivation technology for 'morel mushroom', a globally rare mushroom. Morel mushrooms have a chewy texture and unique flavor and are used as a high-quality food ingredient in countries such as France and Italy. Gourmets praise morel mushrooms for having the nuttiness of nuts and the deep flavor of meat at the same time. Morel mushrooms contain a lot of organic germanium (Ge), which is effective in improving kidney weakness, sexual dysfunction, gastritis, indigestion, and loss of appetite. They also contain more than twice as much protein as wood ear mushrooms. This mushroom was first successfully cultivated artificially in China after 2000, but due to the rapidly increasing demand, production could not keep up with consumption, so the price is 500,000 won per kg of dried ...
Source: Yna
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