Looks like coconut but…
This special type of mushroom is found in southern European regions apart from Jammu and Kashmir. It grows in the ground and is round in shape. After remaining in the soil for several weeks, the edible part appears on the top. It is cup-shaped in the spring season. By the way, the season of this mushroom is only about two months. Starting from the end of February it is available till the beginning of April.
Those who do this work, their whole family is engaged in it. After bringing it from the forest, it is first cleaned. After washing the trade trip begins. Some women of Baramulla have been selling Shajkan for 20 years.
it’s not easy to find a round thing
Women of North Kashmir carry baskets and go to the forest to collect Shajkan. This work is very tiring but women do it with a big heart. Later women sit on the roadside with scales and sell it. Women say that finding Shajakan is a very difficult task. However, the people of Kashmir understand its importance and love it.
Kashmiri mushroom for Rs 250 per kg
Sometimes women can get only 1-2 kg of shajkan in a day in the forest. For this they have to walk many miles. There is no one place, so keeping in mind the mood of the market, one has to reach the market on time. After a long wait, this mushroom reaches the plate of Kashmiris. Every year those doing Shajkan business wait for February-March.
Shajakan is a source of income for them, at least for the time being. In Kashmir, 1 kg of Shajikan mushroom is sold for Rs 250. However, the buyer hardly realizes how difficult it is to assemble. Men also do this work. It has medicinal properties along with taste and nutrients. It can be eaten fried with onions or tomatoes. Some people also prepare the dish with milk. Those who live in Delhi or other cities and know about Shajakan, they definitely order it from their friends.
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