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Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 1312-773X (Online)
Issue: 2021, vol. 27, issue4
Subject Area: Medicine
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2021274.4151
Published online: 13 December 2021

Original article

J of IMAB. 2021 Oct-Dec;27(4):4151-4156
Tsonka Dimitrova1ORCID logo Corresponding Autoremail, Petko Marinov2ORCID logo, Galina Yaneva1ORCID logo, Dobri Ivanov1ORCID logo,
1) Department Biology, Faculty Pharmacy, Medical University, Varna, Bulgaria.
2) Department Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacotherapy, Faculty Pharmacy, Medical University, Varna, Bulgaria.

Purpose: Wild edible mushrooms are collected and consumed for centuries worldwide and in Bulgaria as well. This questionnaire investigation aimed at assessing some common mushroom usage practices in a random sample from the population in Varna region, Bulgaria.
Material/Methods: We performed a study of 200 adult individuals, 100 males and 100 females, from Varna region using anonymous questionnaire with 12 basic items about wild edible mushroom usage. Statistical data processing was performed using descriptive methods and correlation analysis.
Results: There was a prevalence of male and female individuals with secondary and higher education. Most respondents preferred wild edible mushroom gathering in contrast to purchasing. The positive attitude towards wild edible mushroom usage as food is more common in males than in females. Most respondents consumed wild edible mushroom several times during any year. There were statistically significant correlations between urban main residence, on one hand, and wild edible mushroom non-nutritional usage, cooking, drying, preservation and freezing, on the other hand; between secondary educational level, on one hand, and positive attitude towards nutritional usage of wild edible mushrooms, wild edible mushroom cooking, preservation, freezing and drying and applications as therapeutic means; as well as between individual female sex belonging and wild edible mushroom applications as therapeutic means, on the other hand.
Conclusion: This questionnaire investigation revealed several interesting peculiarities of the attitudes
towards wild edible mushrooms among the population of Varna region and the extent of usage of common mushrooms depending on sex, educational level and main residence of respondents.

Keywords: wild edible mushrooms, usage, inquiry, region of Varna,

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Please cite this article as: Dimitrova T, Marinov P, Yaneva G, Ivanov D. Analysis of usage and quality of wild edible mushrooms by people from Bulgaria, compared to other foreign countries. J of IMAB. 2021 Oct-Dec;27(4):4151-4156. DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2021274.4151

Corresponding AutorCorrespondence to: Tsonka Dimitrova, Department of Biology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria; E-mail: tsonka72@abv.bg

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Received: 01 June 2021
Published online: 13 December 2021

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