The 14th China Nanhua Wild Fungi Food Culture Festival kicked off in Nanhua county, Yunnan province, on Aug 8. The flavorful festival will last six days, offering visitors a feast of assorted wild fungi…Full Article: SSACEIF Aug 2017

Key Point

  • Located near Sichuan Province in Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, Nanhua County produces approximately 6,000 MTs of wild mushrooms per year. Out of the ~400 different types of mushrooms found in Nanhua, 290 are edible.

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  • High-value edible mushrooms in China include matsutake, russula virescens (aka green-cracking russula), and truffles. Matstake are harvested from September to December typically. Truffle production in China is centered in the slightly alkaline soils of Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. Truffle arvesting typically occurs during the winter months (November-February).
  • In 2014, according to a Researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Kunming Institute of Botany, Yunnan Province produced 400,000 MTs of edible mushrooms, of which 20% (~80,000 MTs) were wild species. China has more than 1,000 species of edible mushrooms, of which ~80% of these species can be found in Yunnan Province. In general, mushrooms in China are harvested from July to November.
  • In 2013, according to FAOStat, mainland China produced roughly 7 million MTs of edible (both commercial and wild) mushrooms (including Boletus edulis, Agaricus campestris, Morchella spp. Tuber magnatum, and truffles).
  • In 2012, Yunnan Province exported 14,493 MTs of mushrooms.

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