Puttu mushrooming in the market

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jul 2018 12:00:19





By Anand Gupta


With some parts in the state receiving monsoon rains the market for the highly prized culinary delicacy “Puttu,” generally found in forested area of the state, is on boom these days. The puttu is generally available inthe market for two months, till the rainy season.Puttu is relished by both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Many call it “vegetarian Mutton,”. The vegetable is one of the species of Mushroom but it’s not Mushroom because mushroom grows above the land and Puttu grows below the land. One more reason for the popularity of the vegetable in monsoon is that its taste is so delicious that the non-vegetarians who are on a ritualistic observance of not eating non-vegetarian foods during this period take puttu as a alternative to relish their taste buds. Due to very low productivity of the vegetable, it is sold at a high cost in market, generally between Rs 200 to Rs 500 per kilogram. It is important to mention that Puttu is a wild fungus and it is not sown. It is grows in jungles, fields by their own and so it is very much rare and costly. Unlike mushrooms, there is no organised farming or processing. Most villagers, who lack training, collect puttu from forests and sell them in the market. Many tribal women travel more than 20 km every morning to collect puttus. Despite of its hard find and scarcity, the demand and high price, motivates and persuade the villagers to enter into deep forests and collect Puttu.