In this brief blog, we will address the question,”What are some of the best mushrooms in the world?” We will also discuss the 6 most expensive mushrooms in the world.
What are some of the most expensive mushrooms?
Some of the most expensive mushrooms are Yartsa gunbu mushroom, European White Truffles, Matsutake Mushrooms, Black Truffles, Chanterelles, Porcini Mushrooms, Morels, Shiitake Mushrooms and Lion’s mane.
Rarity and the difficulty to cultivate some mushrooms pushes their price points and makes them very expensive. Most of the most expensive mushrooms are not available at the local grocery stores. They also tend to be very sensitive and therefore cannot be mass produced pushing their price points to exorbitant figures.
Let’s take a deeper look at the 6 most expensive mushrooms in the world.
What are the 6 most expensive mushrooms?
Yartsa gunbu mushroom
Yartsa gunbu mushrooms cost a whopping 50,000 USD per lb or (£80,500 per kg) or 2,000 USD for just an ounce.
Yartsa gunbu mushrooms are found in the wild growing out of caterpillars. They are extremely rare and cost a lot of money. This type of mushroom is mostly found growing in the Himalayas at altitudes of 9,000 to 16,000 feet above sea level.
European White Truffles
European white truffles cost anywhere between 1,000 to 4,000 USD per pound (£1600 to £6445 per kg) and this is dependent on the harvest that year.
White truffles are considered the rarest and the most expensive among all the truffle varieties in the world. White truffles are known to be common across Europe but they are also difficult to find.
It is not uncommon for truffle hunters to employ trained truffle dogs so as to help them to locate these expensive truffles which give them good money.
These truffles are very difficult to cultivate and no farmer has been able to successfully do so, this is what pushes the price to be so high.
Matsutake mushrooms cost anywhere between 1,000 to 2,000 USD per pound (£1600 to £3200 per kilogram). They are native to Japan and they resemble shiitake mushrooms because they both have shaggy brown caps.
Matsutake mushrooms usually have a distinct smell which is spicy as well as the taste. Similar to other products such as green tea, there are different degrees of quality when it comes to matsutake mushrooms.
However, the best quality mushrooms are at the beginning of the harvest season and they fetch the highest prices. Towards the end of the season the prices usually go low and you can buy them for as little as 2 USD per lb.
The cost of Black truffles is about 800 USD per pound (£1290 per kg). Black truffles are also the most famous type of truffles. They do not come as expensive as their counterparts the white truffles although they also come with a hefty price tag.
Black truffles usually grow at the base of mature oak trees and this is a very time consuming and expensive process which pushes their prices as they are one of the most expensive mushrooms to grow.
Black truffles cannot be found in the local grocery store as they are usually purchased by chefs in high-end restaurants.
Chanterelles cost about 200 USD per lb (£320 per kg) when dried, Chanterelles are the second most hunted for mushrooms after morels. They have a distinct golden-yellow color which makes them fairly easy to spot.
Chanterelles can only be consumed when cooked as they tend to cause illness and comfort when they are consumed raw.
Porcini mushrooms cost anywhere between 50 to 70 USD per lb (£80 to 112 per kg) when dried. These mushrooms are mainly found in the hardwood forests across Europe and are common in Italy and in parts of North America.
They usually have distinct oversized caps and some thick stems. They are very difficult to cultivate and this results in their high price tag. Porcini mushrooms are mostly harvested in the wild and when they are in season, they are usually dried out so as to be sold all year round.
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In this brief blog, we have addressed the question,”What are some of the best mushrooms in the world?” We have also discussed the 6 most expensive mushrooms in the world.