Acacia albida – Famine Foods

Acacia albida


Kenya: (Mbeere division, Embu district): unspecified part of plant [seeds?] eaten. Nigeria (Kano State, northern): unspecified part of plant [seed?] eaten. Zambia: the Gwembe Tonga boil and eat the seeds, after an extensive detoxification process.  The beans must be boiled for at least a day. After a  prolonged soaking and cooking, the beans are shelled and then cooked a second time in a water solution of ashes. Not until this has been poured off and the beans soaked but not cooked in a third change of water is the food edible.

Additional Information

Name Authority:
- Tongan: mununga. Kikuyu (mu): Gaa.

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