Cleome gynandra – Famine Foods

Cleome gynandra

Cleome pentaphylla, Gynandroposis pentaphylla, Gynanadropsis gynandra


Burkina Faso (Bouroum-Bouroum, Poni Province). The Birifor people prepare the leaves in either sauces or soups. The leaves are chopped,washed, and put into a pot and boiled in water. Traditionally, the seeds of Parkia biglobosa (Jacq.) R. Br. ex G. Don [Fabaceae] were included. The Mossi people cook the leaves in cous-cous. Nigeria (Kano State, northern): seedlings and leaves eaten by the Hausa, but not normally by Manga in Dagaceri. India (Madras Presidency): leaves and young shoots eaten as greens. Elsewhere: seeds reported used for mustard. Chad (central): leaves eaten. Malawi: leaves eaten. Niger: leaves eaten.

Chemical composition’: Crude fat = 7.6%; Protein = 31.2%; Carbohydrate = 36.9%; Crude fiber = 9.9%; Ash = 14.4%; Salt (as Nacl = 4.1%; Calcium = 1.007μg/g; Phosphorus = 700μg/g; Iron 25μg/g. Ref.   SCUDDER 1962. Partial nutrient values (leaves) Niger sample): Mn = 552.42mcg/g Fe = 283.45mcg/g C Cu = 17181mcg/g Mg = 104.19mcg/g Cu = 8.62mcg/g  Zn = 29.45mcg/g


Additional Information

Name Authority:
Hausa: Gasaya. Kanuri: Knasi. Tamil: Valay keeray, Neivaylla, Kadughoo. Telugu: Vaminta, Vala kura. Chad (central) Arabic: Tim - Légué. Malawai: Brede Caya, Pissat de Chiens

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