Mathieu as well as Jiménez are focusing on 3 mushroom types in their hands-on workshops; oyster (seta), shitake and also reishi. Their one-day workshops are for oyster mushrooms, and also two-day centers for the last 2 types of fungi. “With reishi, and also to a minimal degree shitake, we’re likewise educating a reasonable little bit regarding the medical uses mushrooms, so even more time is called for,” claims Mathieu, “and also with oyster mushrooms it’s primarily [yet not specifically] a program on farming.”
The French-born Mathieu relocated to Mexico, and also as a matter of fact to Huautla de Jiménez, in 2005. “Yes, coming right to Mexico from France to seek my passion in mushrooms looks like a lengthy method to take a trip,” Mathieu described in a current meeting in Oaxaca. “Yet there truly had not been much of a possibility to carry out research studies and also expand an organization in Western Europe,” he proceeds, “because respect for mushrooms had actually been just about totally removed by The Church throughout centuries; and also I discovered that Mexico still preserves a regard as well as gratitude for the medical and also dietary worth of hongos. Mexico is much from mycophobic.”
Based in the town of Benito Juárez, situated in Oaxaca’s Ixtlán area (even more typically referred to as the Sierra Norte, the state’s primary ecotourism area), Mico-lógica’s objective is threefold: to educate both Mexicans as well as site visitors to the nation in the low-priced farming of a selection of mushroom varieties; to enlighten concerning the medical, dietary and also ecological (lasting) worth of mushrooms; and also to perform recurring research study pertaining to maximum weather areas as well as the variety of substrata for mushroom society.
Mathieu fulfilled Josefina Jiménez at the summer weekend break mushroom occasion. Jiménez had actually relocated to Oaxaca from home town Mexico City in 2002. Both common comparable passions; Jiménez had actually examined agronomy, as well as for near a years had actually been dealing with lasting farming tasks in country farming areas in the Huasteca Potosina area of San Luis Potosí, the hills of Guerrero and also the coastline of Chiapas. Mathieu and also Jiménez ended up being organization, and afterwards life companions in Benito Juárez.
While training workshops are currently just given up Benito Juárez, Mathieu and also Jiménez strategy to increase procedures to consist of both the main valleys and also seaside areas of Oaxaca. The item is to have a network of manufacturers expanding various mushrooms which are efficiently fit for farming based upon the certain microclimate. There have to do with 70 sub-species of oyster mushrooms, and also hence as a types, the versatility of the oyster mushroom to various weather areas is amazing. “The oyster can be expanded in a wide variety of various substrata, which’s what we’re try out now,” he illuminates. The oyster mushroom can grow when expanded on items which would certainly or else be waste, such as dispose of from growing beans, sugar walking cane, agave (consisting of the coarse waste generated in mezcal purification), peas, the usual river reed called carriso, sawdust, as well as the checklist takes place. Agricultural waste which might or else be delegated rot or be melted, each with damaging ecological effects, can develop substrata for mushroom growing. It needs to be kept in mind, though routine, that mushroom farming is a very lasting, environment-friendly market. Over the previous a number of years Mexico has actually in reality gone to the fore in lots of locations of lasting sector.
Huautla de Jiménez is greater than a 5 hr drive from the closest city facility. Appropriately, Mathieu at some point recognized that remaining in Huautla, while holding a historical appeal as well as remaining in a geographical area for collaborating with mushrooms, would certainly impede his initiatives to expand a company as well as grow prevalent passion in discovering fungis. Mathieu came to be mindful of the growing track record of Oaxaca’s ecotourism neighborhoods of the Sierra Norte, as well as undoubtedly the Feria Regional de Hongos Silvestres (local wild mushroom event), held every year in Cuahimoloyas.
When we consider mushrooms and also the southerly Mexico state of Oaxaca, the initial point which generally enters your mind is María Sabina, Huautla de Jiménez and also hallucinogenic “magic” mushrooms. Yet gradually that’s all altering as an outcome of the cutting-edge job of Josefina Jiménez as well as Johann Mathieu in mycology, via their business, Mico-lógica.
Mathieu exhibits exactly how mushrooms can offer a perhaps also better ecological good:
” We need to all be accepting the natural manufacturing of mushrooms,” Mathieu ends. “It’s so simple, it includes a marginal capital expense, as well as it offers substantial benefits, both for those consuming hongos for dietary as well as medical factors, as well as for the manufacturers, also little range. Mico-lógica additionally markets dried out mushrooms. Yet a lot of the dried out mushrooms marketed in Mexico are imported from China, as well as are not natural. It’s a genuine pity on various degrees.”
Mico-lógica additionally offer teas and also removes made from various mushroom types, each developed as either a dietary supplement, or for their medical residential properties polkadot chocolate. While neither Mathieu neither Jiménez has the medicinal history to recommend mycological therapy for severe conditions, Mathieu’s very own study indicate the medical use mushrooms dating from pre-history, to the here and now. He keeps in mind homes of mushrooms which can assist to recover the body immune system, as well as therefore using fungis as an enhance in the therapy of cancer cells and also help, as well as their energy in regulating diabetes mellitus and also dealing with high cholesterol.
” They can stand up to thirty thousand times their mass, having ramifications for preventing disintegration. They have actually been made use of to tidy up oil spills with absorption and also therefore are a vital lorry for environment repair. Study has actually been made with mushrooms in the fight versus woodworker ant damage; it’s been recommended that making use of fungis has the prospective to totally overhaul the chemical sector in an eco-friendly method. There are actually numerous various other environment-friendly applications for mushroom usage, as well as in each situation the mushroom continues to be an edible byproduct. Have a look at the Paul Stamets YouTube lecture, 6 Ways Mushrooms Can Conserve The Globe.”
Mathieu as well as Jiménez can commonly be discovered marketing their items on weekend breaks in the natural markets in Oaxaca. They’re both greater than pleased to review the dietary worth of their items which vary from normally their fresh mushrooms, yet additionally as maintains, seasoned with either chipotle and also nopal or jalapeño as well as cauliflower. The mushroom’s vitamin B12 can not be located in fruits or veggies, as well as necessary a diet plan that includes fungis is very vital for vegetarians that can not obtain B12, frequently had in meats. Mushrooms can conveniently be a replacement for meats, with the benefit that they are not packed with anti-biotics as well as hormonal agents usually located in industrially refined meat items.