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.

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