Cissus integrifolia – Famine Foods

Cissus integrifolia


Tanzania (Ngindoland): the stems cut in any season exude a clear sap which is drunk and reported to be thirst-quenching and tasteless. The stems are very soft and can be sliced into sections about two feet long. Several of these sections are held horizontally in a bundle and then tipped into the mouth or a container. Mozambique (Macossa and Tambara district): young, tender leaves cooked as derere – a vegetable relish, to which tomatoes, onions and other ingredients may be added. Stems used for their liquid, as in Tanzania.

Additional Information

Name Authority:
(Bak.) Planch.
Ngindo: Kipombo. Mozambique (Manyika/Shona]: Mutamba.

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