Acacia senegal – Famine Foods

Acacia senegal


Kenya (Mbeere division, Embu district): soft, inner bark chewed (?). India (Rajasthan, western): seeds fried and eaten separately or mixed with jowar or bajra (millet). Used as vegetable [sic]. Eaten in the Indian State of Bihar, during  the 19th  Century Oudh famine. Extensive and exclusive consumption produced lathyrism.

Chemical composition: pods contain 15% digestible protein and 0;12% – 0.14% phosphorus.  

Additional Information

Name Authority:
(L.) Willd.
Kikuyu: mu -Nyua
Soil type favored by plant: stabilised sand dunes.

 Plant Classification Group:
 Plant Locations:

Location Map

This site is provided to Mr. Freedman by Dr. Jules Janick, Emeritus Professor and Former James Troop Distinguished Professor of Horticulture. The content on this site is provided and maintained by Mr. Freedman.