As part of this year’s oyster mushroom cultivation program with Yabal’s women weavers in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan, Yabal offered a cooking workshop to give the women new ideas of how to incorporate this nutritious and delicious food into their daily diet. Oyster mushrooms are high in protein, iron, zinc, potassium, folic acid, B vitamins, vitamin C and D. This is especially important for our weaving communities, located in the rural highlands of Guatemala that suffer high rates of malnutrition. Meat protein is expensive and uncommon for the families where we work, and the high elevation and lack of farmland, also makes fresh fruits and vegetables difficult to afford and grow consistently. Yabal began our oyster mushroom cultivation program in order to create both a source of high quality nutrition as well as create an alternative income source- as the price of mushrooms on the local market is very good. Each family decides how best to use their mushroom crop.
All in all, it was a fun workshop and great team-bonding for the Yabal weaving cooperative!
Check out the photos below from the day: