In tropical forests, you can see mushrooms with various colors and shapes appear on forest floor and from slashes. However, to find out which ones are edible you need to ask someone who lives in and is familiar with the forests. Here, some of relatively common mushrooms will be introduced (the identification of the mushrooms was conducted by Mr. Andre Njounonkou from the Graduate School of Science, the University of Yaounde I and Oishi).
Among the mushrooms growing in the forests, a symbiotic fungus of termites called “mocelele” by the Baka Pygmies, is soft and fantastically tasty with a rich flavor. Some of this fungus grows in dry season while others in rainy season. Accordingly, it is thought that there are a number of species that are categorized into Termitomyces gunus under the same local name. Occasionally, amazingly huge amount of mushrooms (more than 100) grow in clusters. (Photo by Oishi)
This mushroom is also a kind of symbiotic fungus of termites called “poku” by Baka Pygmies. These are commonly found on the roadsides. Its scientific name is Termitomyces mammiformis. (Photo by Oishi)
A Bakwele girl who is selling mushrooms of the Termitomyces genus in the morning market of Moloundou. The price for a handful of mushrooms was 200-300FCFA. (Photo by Oishi)
This is in a same species of Auricularia auricular-judae, which can be seen through the year. In a soup, it is very tasty. In Baka, it is called “dedele.” (Photo by Oishi)
This mushroom can be found not only in the forests, but also in the cultivations, and is called “essasu” in Bakuele(Bakwele) and “Kutu” in Baka. The one in this photo has a significantly opened pileus. As seen in the right photo, this mushroom has a druse (this part is not edible), whose texture is like rubber. If you do not collect the druses, you can gather the mushrooms again as they will grow again. (Photo by Oishi)
Phallus indusiatus vent after rain. The name in the Baka is “te-ngongolo,” which means the dwelling of centipedes. Photo taken on theroadside in Ndongo village. (Photo by Oishi)