NUTRITIONAL AND MINERAL CONTENT OF THREE WILD AGARICUS SPECIES OF DISTRICT MASTUNG BALOCHISTAN, PAKISTAN.
Three edible wild mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus, Agaricus bitorqui and Agaricus compestris) belonging to genus Agaricus, class Agaricomycetes were collected during 2017-18 from Mastung district of Balochistan, Pakistan. These species were analyzed for their nutritional contents. The results showed that high concentration of protein was found in all three species but maximum protein was recorded from A. bisporus. Whereas very low amount of carbohydrates, fat and fiber was recorded from all species. Besides this, mineral composition of all species under investigation were also determined. The mushrooms have high macro and mineral content. Maximum K, high Ca, and Mg were recorded while Zn, Cd, Cr, and Ni were in negligible amounts. It was concluded that being rich in proteins and low in carbohydrates, these mushrooms can serve as high nutritional diet for human beings. Keywords: Wild Mushrooms, Mastung, Balochistan, Nutritional value, Mineral composition.