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International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
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ISSN Print: 1521-9437
ISSN Online: 1940-4344

International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms

DOI: 10.1615/IntJMedMushrooms.v18.i6.80
pages 539-546

Evaluation of Nutritional, Nutraceutical, and Antioxidant Composition of Eight Wild Culinary Mushrooms (Higher Basidiomycetes) from the Northwest Himalayas

Sapan Kumar Sharma
Department of Botany, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab-147002 (India); Department of Plant Pathology, CSK, Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, Palampur India
Nandini Gautam
Centre for Environment Science and Technology, School of Environmental and Earth Sciences, Central University of Punjab (Bathinda), India


In this article, 8 culinary mushroom species−namely, Agaricus arvensis, Lepiota leucothites, Amanita caesarea, Gymnopilus junonius, Coprinus atramentarius, Hygrocybe coccinea, Hygrophorus pustulatus, and Lactarius pubescens−were collected from different localities of the northwest Himalayas and evaluated for nutritional, nutraceutical, and antioxidant composition on a dry weight basis. Nutritional composition of these species showed carbohydrates (37.16-57.10%), protein (10.17-22.63%), fiber (0.99-2.11%), ash (0.11-1.10%), and crude fat (0.22-0.30%). Mineral elements iron, mercury, copper, manganese, and calcium were documented in varying amounts from all the species. The nutritional composition of all the species varied; however, each species showed richness in one or more components. Nutraceutical evaluation of all the species showed the presence of Β-carotene, lycopene, phenolic compounds, polysaccharides, and flavonoids in considerable amounts. Among all the species, A. arvensis, A. caesarea, and L. pubescens showed larger amounts of one or more nutraceutical components. Glucose was found to be the major monosaccharide in all the species. All the species exhibited different activities for ferric ion-reducing antioxidant power, 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical scavenging activity, Fe2+ chelating activity, and superoxide anion radical scavenging ability.

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