Social-Cultural Uses of Wild Wood Ear Mushrooms of Western Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Nandi, O. M. J.
dc.contributor.author Palapala, Valerie Adema
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T13:30:51Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T13:30:51Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/5865
dc.description Journal Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Wild edible mushrooms are an important food resource in Western Kenya. Harvesting and marketing wild mushrooms is a serious income generating business in Kakamega, Western Kenya. The mushrooms are often collected mainly from the forests and terrestrially, during fruiting seasons. For decades, they have been utilized for social and cultural purposes. In Western Kenya, they are commonly used as a source of food for nutritional purposes, medicinal, fetish protection articles/objects and for life-span longevity. A study was conducted to determine various aspects of mushroom as a resource. The study was conducted through oral interviews. Mushroom pickers and elderly persons in the community around Kakamega forest were identified and interviewed. Information was gathered on the social cultural issues of mushroom typologies, occurrence, gender role in collection, consumption and preparation, host tree species in relation to mushroom quality and the comparative differences between the traditional and contemporary culinary methods of preparation.The study revealed that indigenous knowledge with regard to mushrooms passed from generation to generation helped conserve and preserve the forest resources sustainably. Mushrooms were not only a restricted food source to man but also to forest animals especially the monkeys. Mostly men are the forest mushroom pickers and children pick terrestrially. The quality of specific wild mushroom species correlated to the kind of tree host species. Only a few species of forest mushrooms were edible. en_US
dc.publisher Int. J. disaster manag.risk. reduct. en_US
dc.subject Indigenous-knowledge;Gender; Culture; Wood ear mushroom en_US
dc.title Social-Cultural Uses of Wild Wood Ear Mushrooms of Western Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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