ikhowe, noun

Forms:
Also ikowe, i’kowe, and with initial capital.
Plurals:
ikhowes, or amakhowe /amaˈkɔːwe/.
Origin:
ZuluShow more Zulu. For an explanation of plural forms, see ama- and i-.
Any of several species of large edible mushrooms of the genus Termitomyces (family Tricholomataceae), especially T. umkowaanii; beefsteak mushroom sense a.
Note:
T. umkowaanii is also known as Schulzeria umkowaani.
c1948 S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 313The Natal Beefsteak Mushroom or I-kowe (Schulzeria umkowaan).
1953 E. Stephens Some S. Afr. Edible Fungi p.viiThe well-known ‘Kaffir mushroom’ (Ikhowa, Ikowe).
1954 Bottomley & Talbot Common Edible & Poisonous Mushrooms 43Natal Beefsteak or I’kowe Mushroom, (Termitomyces species.)...Although this mushroom occurs fairly frequently in the Transvaal, its natural home appears to be Natal.
1967 S.M.A. Lowe Hungry Veld 132Four enormous amakhowe (a type of giant mushroom).
1972 G.C.A. Van der Westhuizen in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. V. 101The beefsteak mushroom or ikowe, and various species of Termitomyces grow on termite nests in summer.
1979 W. Ebersohn Lonely Place 133He could see in what profusion the late mushrooms, the ikhowe as Freek had called them, were still growing.
1985 H. Levin et al. Field Guide to Mushrooms 153Termitomyces umkowaanii (I’kowe) are large, fleshy mushrooms which require a longer cooking time than other species — about 20 minutes. They can be braised, braaied or used in frikkadels. I’kowes can also be left raw, sliced finely and added to salads.
1987 H. Levin et al. Field Guide to Mushrooms 20The fruit-body of the I’kowe (Beefsteak Mushroom) grows up through the termite nest on an extraordinarily long stem and produces a giant mushroom at the surface.
Any of several species of large edible mushrooms of the genus Termitomyces (family Tricholomataceae), especially T. umkowaanii; beefsteak mushrooma.
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