Tharparkar Desert is one of the very fertile desert of the world, so many organic wild vegetables and fruits can be found in different seasons, such as Wild Bair, Ker, Peelu, Pipun, Marero, Bagro, Khumbhi, Chibhar (small melon), Chanh/Kareng (Water Melon), Gugar, Gangheteya, Gandheer, Kunhder etc.
Description of Khumbhi (mushroom)
Khumbhi/mushrrom(Podaxis pistillaris) belongs to fungi kingdom likely saprobic, growing alone or scattered in arid, desert zones, technically this is not a plant, but mushrooms are classified as vegetables in the food world. Khumbhi (mushrooms) provide several important nutrients.
Scientific Classification of Khumbhi (mushroom)
Scientific Name: Podaxis pistillaris
Mushroom of Thar Desert are composed of vaguely gill-like, contorted plates, it grows whitish and goes brownish within two days and turn into dark brown and black powder within one week.
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There are so many types of mushroom has been found on food tables but the test of Podaxis pistillaris (Thar Desert Khumbhi) is delicious. Khumbhi contain high fiber and vitamins, fat but totally cholesterol free.
Whenever you want to visit Thar during rainy season, you should try this delicious Dish.