Ethnomycology and usage of edible and medicinal mushrooms among the Igbo people of Nigeria

Life Sciences

This study revealed that the Igbo people, residing in the southeastern part of Nigeria, use mushrooms for food and medicine. On the average, each respondent consumes 8.64±3.70 species of mushrooms. Over 95% of the respondents consume edible mushrooms because of the taste, 86% use them as substitute for meat and fish, while 36.36% use some mushrooms for medicinal purposes. Pleurotus tuberregium, Termitomyces robustus, and Daldinia concentrica are used in ethno medicine among the Igbos.