Japanese shiitake mushroom

Guwahati: The Japanese wood mushroom, Lentinula edodes (Berk) Sing, commonly known as shiitake mushroom, is soon going to be available in the markets of Manipur. According to reports, a group of Japanese experts have begun imparting training to 10 staff of the Salai Agro Production Pvt Ltd’s mushroom unit at Lairenkabi Maning Leikai in Imphal West.

The unique mushroom from Japan, which is also popularly known as the golden oak mushroom, is grown only in areas with a temperature of -5 degrees Celsius. During the training, the staffers are being trained in different ways on how to cultivate the variety of mushroom with an aim in leading to the biodiversity of conservation and economic uplift of local people.

As per experts, the shiitake mushroom needs to be cultivated over a period of 100 days inside cold storage under 5 degrees Celsius. Later, the plastic covering the Japanese wood mushroom can be opened and depending on the ripeness of the mushrooms, they can be harvested after a period of around three to 10 days. However, to enter the cold storage, the workers would require a proper wash or sanitising the whole body.

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The Japanese shiitake mushroom, which is the second most important edible in the world, is in high demand and sold for around Rs 1,250 per kg globally due to its unique taste and usefulness in health issues such as diabetes, hypertension and tumours, among others.

Meanwhile, according to Tongbram Naobicha, a unit manager, prices of the shiitake mushroom in markets of Manipur will be decided only after thorough deliberation with the stakeholders.

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