Two rare species of edible mushrooms have been discovered at the Cat Tien National Park in southern Vietnam, Lao Dong newspaper quoted a park scientist as saying Monday.
Pham Ngoc Duong said scientific records do not indicate that the two varieties, branched oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus Cornucopiae) and Caesar's mushroom (Amanita caesarea), exist in Vietnam.
Earlier, in March, scientists from the park announced that they had successfully grown branched oyster mushrooms which have proven effective in treating tumors and preventing cancers in humans. It is also used as a delicacy in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese cuisines.
Caesar's mushrooms are mainly found in North Africa and southern Europe and highly prized.
A UNESCO-recognized biosphere, Cat Tien straddles the provinces of Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, and Lam Dong, and is some 150 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City.
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