DISCRIPTION ON THE Ecuadorian Mushrooms
Ecuadorian Mushrooms Ecuador is divided into three geographical regions:
Amazon, Coast and Mountains, on which one having its own empirical knowledge and traditions in relation to their natural environments. Studies about traditional knowledge of macrofungi were initially carried out in the Brazilian Amazon and later in Colombia, Guyana and Venezuela.
In Ecuador few studies have been published. Thus, the aim of this study is to investigate many ethnomycological data of the edible mushrooms used by several ethnic groups,
discussing the meanings of species’ vernacular names and related myths.
For more similar products visit SHOP
Thirty-seven edible species of macrofungi were identified and some of them are
discussed in relation to aspects like local peoples’ mythologies, habits or tradition, their preparation for consumption and myths.
Thus, this research added new several ethnomycological data and helped to understand the mycophagous behavior in Ecuador.
These studies should continue in order to prevent ethnobiological loss
caused by the degradation of the environment in which these people live, causing a loss of the biodiversity.
In addition, biological conservation of these ecosystems is urgent since many natural resources are used for these indigenous communities as food consumptions.