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Progress in Mycology

pp 327-348

The Contribution of Wild Fungi to Diet, Income and Health: A World Review

  • Miriam De RomanAffiliated withDepartment of Botany, University of Duisburg-Essen

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Abstract

Wild fungi are a natural resource widely acknowledged for their nutritional and economic value and their medicinal properties. About 1200 species are recorded to be used in eighty-five different countries (Boa, 2004). The first record of fungi being eaten comes from China, about 900 B.C. (Aaronson, 2000). Nowadays, the trends in fungi consumption vary from region to region.