Piliostigma thonningii – Famine Foods

Piliostigma thonningii

Bauhinia reticulata, Bauhinia Thonningii


Kenya (Mbeere division, Embu district): fruit eaten. A tea may also be prepared from the bark of the plant. Sometimes dried and. Mozambique (withered leaves, in part, are substituted, either singly or together. These are usually steeped in boiling water. Malawi: fruit eaten Tambafa district): mature fruits can be eaten raw; or gathered dry from the tree and opened by hand or using a mortar. They are then cleaned in water, air-dried, away from the sun; pounded in a mortar and sieved to obtain a powder that is used to make cakes or biscuits; or mixed with maize meal [Zea mays L.] to make porridge. Nigeria (Kano State, northern): leaves, pods, sometimes stems and bark eaten.

Additional Information

Name Authority:
(K. Schum.) Milne-Redhead.
Mbeere mu-Kuura. Hausa: Kargo. Kanuri: Kaghril, Kalur. Mozambique (Manyika/Shona): Musekesa
Chemical composition (Mozambique sample) - Vitamin A = 62.4mg/100g. Vitamin C = 70.6mg/100g. Zinc = 0.924mg/100g.

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