Monday, 29 November 2021

Cultivated Button Mushrooms

Button mushrooms, or champignons de Paris as they are known in French, are the species Agaricus bisporus. Globally two and a half million tonnes of this mushroom is produced, half of which is coming from China. Europe produces 30% of global production, mostly in Poland, the Netherlands and Spain. Button mushrooms represent three-quarters of total mushroom cultivation in the world.

Mushroom cultivation in a former underground limestone quarry, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Mushroom cultivation in a former underground limestone quarry at Bourré.

In France a hundred thousand tonnes of button mushrooms are produced, against an annual consumption in the country of one hundred and forty thousand tonnes. Three-quarters of French production is in the Touraine and Loire Valley around Saumur, where one can find numerous former underground limestone quarries now transformed into mushroom farms.


chm said...

I wonder if there are still some underground mushroom farms in Paris. Probably not, even for tourists!

Susan said...

chm: not as far as I know.

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