A Syrian member of the Adala Foundation, inspects the clusters of mushrooms emerging from plastic bags at a make-shift cultivation center Douma.
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In a humid room in the besieged Syrian town of Douma, Abu Nabil inspects the pearly white mushrooms sprouting from white sacks hanging from a ceiling.Abu Nabil walks between the sacks inspecting the clusters of mushrooms emerging from the plastic and checking the internal temperature to ensure conditions are optimal for the unusual crop. While the area was once an important agricultural region for Syria, mushrooms were not a local crop.To cultivate the mushrooms, the project's workers begin by sandwiching thin slices of high-quality mushroom between pieces of cardboard and placing the samples in sterile plastic containers.In the three months since the project began, the NGO has distributed mushrooms across Douma and other parts of Eastern Ghouta free of charge.Abu Adnan al-Sidawi, 30, had never even tasted mushrooms before he received them through the project.Like many adults in Douma, the city's children were also unfamiliar with the ingredient.At one psychosocial center, the children saw mushrooms for the first time when they were distributed during the fasting month of Ramadan, an employee said.
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