Volume 10 Part 2 Article 43: Nigeria and the Mushroom

Volume 10 Part 2 Article 43
Year 1979
Title: Nigeria and the Mushroom
Author: S.K. Ogundana


Mushrooms, as commonly understood by Nigerians, are the edible fruiting bodies of Basidiomycetes even though the average Nigerian recognises some poisonous types. Some mushrooms are held sacred because of the myths attached to the discoveries of such mushrooms. Nigerian names for different species of mushrooms usually are descriptive and give an indication either of texture, taste, morphology, growth habit or habitat. Nigerians have put mushrooms in their everyday life including usage as food, preparation of charms and traditional medicine.

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