Mushrooms are now used as ingredient to local and internationally acclaimed delicacies, and are also used as cure to certain diseases.
“Kabute” are soil products internationally known as mushrooms. Mushrooms are typically growing in the wild and most people are unmindful of the enormous benefits it does to human health. But today, mushroom farming is a booming industry.
Mushrooms are of different kinds and uses. While there are poisonous mushrooms, there are also mushrooms that are believed to relieve breast cancer, diabetes, and prostate cancer. Some mushrooms also aid in weight loss because it contains lean protein. Unlike ordinary protein, lean protein contained in mushrooms has very low carbohydrate content but is rich in fiber. This helps a lot in breaking down fats in the body. Moreover, mushrooms help strengthen the body, repairs body cells, and prevent diseases.
Factors to Consider in Kabute Farming
Kabute farming is a delicate task. Mushrooms naturally grow in the wild. It is only now that mushrooms or kabute are grown for commercial purposes. Mushroom became popular because of their unique taste and health benefits in South Africa. As the demand increases, more people are hooked into kabute farming. Kabute farming can bring about profits. Here are some significant pointers to ponder on in engaging in kabute farming.
Environment and Facilities
There are many different types of mushrooms in the world. They may be classified as poisonous mushrooms, edible mushrooms, and therapeutic mushrooms. The natural habitat of mushrooms is the wild. They naturally grow with trees and other plant products. But those intending to grow them commercially must consider temperature, soil quality, water requirement, and the type of mushroom to grow.
Kabute farming then is confined to mountain and remote areas. But now, there are varieties of mushrooms that can be grown right in your backyard. The Shiitake and Oyster mushrooms are just some of these home grown mushrooms. The oyster mushroom can be grown in pots or soil in the backyard or in a manmade farming facility. The Shiitake mushroom however, must be grown in rotten hardwood. But even backyard kabute farming requires control of air, temperature, soil moisture, and other factors. Mushrooms are too delicate to grow. Without the proper facilities and knowledge, it is impossible to effectively engage in kabute farming. Meanwhile, there are rare types of mushrooms that can only survive in the wild. Because they are hard to grow and gather, these mushrooms are sold at a higher price.
The first thing to ascertain in Kabute farming is your market. It is essential to know what kind of mushroom to grow, where to sell it and to whom they are to be sold. Typically, farmers prefer to grow mushrooms that are used as ingredients or spices. They are sold at an average or high price in various restaurants and stores. If kabute farming is done for profit, it is best to invest in a complete and suited facilities and farming materials. In the US and China, Oyster and Shiitake mushrooms are grown in large scale. Often, one grows mushrooms when there are already assured buyers. Mushrooms are also sold to private individuals, companies, and chefs.