In Europe hunting for the king of the mushrooms is big business. Forest workers in Germany this season were knocked down by a carload of mushroom foragers who tried to move them on. This mushroom weighs about a kilo when mature and sells in Europe for up to $80 dollars per kilogram. ln New York it has been known to sell for as much as $200 a kilo. This mushroom can't be cultivated so world commercial supply of 20 to 100 thousand tons has to be collected in the wild. No wonder picking boletus edulis has become an annual seasonal income earner in nations with high unemployment
Common Names of Boletus Edulis and their meanings
Health benefits of Boletus Edulis
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Boletus edulis is prized in many cuisines, and is commonly prepared and eaten in soups, pasta, or risotto. The mushroom is low in fat and digestible carbohydrates, and high in protein, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
This fungi produces a variety of organic bioactive compounds including the steroid derivative ergosterol, a sugar binding protein, antiviral compounds and antioxidants.
Dried Porcinis contain about 200ug of vitamin D2,, about 500 mg of ergosterol and 30 mg of ergosterol peroxide per 100 g. Ergosterol peroxide is a steroid derivative with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity and cytotoxicity to various types of laboratory grown cancer cells.