Mushrooms are only available seasonally in Ghana, and are picked in the wild and usually added to soups or stews to enhance the flavor. They have not been cultivated commercially, and people in the rural areas who pick them generally keep a little for themselves, but sell most of them along the roadsides or to wholesalers and use the cash they receive to buy meat or fish. There are a number of varieties growing wild in Ghana, often near termite mounds. In recent times, mushrooms have become an expensive luxury food item. There are currently numerous projects being initiated in Ghana by nonprofits in the hopes of introducing mushroom cultivation as a money-making venture that can also help improve nutrition.
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