chapter  14
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Volvariella —A High-Temperature Cultivated Mushroom

It is an edible mushroom of the tropics and subtropics, and it began to be cultivated in China as early as 1822.

The “Nanhua mushroom,” which was in fact

Volvariella

, was named for the Nanhua Temple of Chaohsi in northern Guangdong Province, China. The Buddhist monks of that temple apparently cultivated the mushroom for their own table, and by 1875 it was sent as a tribute to the royal family. As it took many years for a food to be considered a proper tribute to the royal family, cultivation of

Volvariella

must have begun before the 18th century, almost 300 years ago.