Calocybe indica

Introduction

Calocybe indica, commonly known as the milky white mushroom, is a species of edible mushroom native to India. The sturdy all-white mushrooms appear in summer after rainfall in fields and on road verges. Traditionally eaten in West Bengal, it is being grown commercially in several Indian states and other tropical countries.

Milky mushroom

Special characters of milky mushroom

  • It can be grown at higher temperatures viz. 28°C to 40°C.
  • This mushroom has a good texture which is retained after cooking.
  • It requires casing similar to that in button mushroom.
  • It has the highest biological efficiency, up to 140%.
Heat treatment

The aim of the heat treatment is to kill competing microorganisms and to get rid of soluble nutrients. Most substrates are given a heat treatment before spawning. It is an important measure to control pests and diseases.