Ensete ventricosum – Famine Foods

Ensete ventricosum

Ensete edule


Ethiopia (Wollo, Worebabo and Tehulederae): seed and pseudo-stem and seeds possibly eaten. The trunk is also reported scraped; then buried in soil, at a depth of 1.5 meters, covered with leaves and allowed to ferment. It is then baked in the shape of a round, flat cake or bread. The root system is also cooked.

Additional Information

Name Authority:
(Welw.) Cheeseman
Ethiopia: Koba, Ethiopian banana, False banana, (root system) Amechio

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