Ziziphus mauritania – Famine Foods

Ziziphus mauritania


Burkina Faso (Bourzanga, Bam Province): fruit eaten. The dryish pulp is softened [in water?] is used to make a beverage. India (Rajasthan): the sweet and somewhat acidic fruits of this tree are processed as for Ziziphus nummularia. The fruit are somewhat larger, about 1.5cm. in diameter, and are sometimes eaten fresh; (Garhwal Himalayas): fruit eaten raw. Malawi: fruit eaten. Mozambique (Tambara district): fresh, ripe fruits are boiled in water and then sieved. The liquid is further boiled and maize [Zea mays L.] meal is added to make a porridge. Dried fruits are also crushed and mixed with maize meal [Zea mays] to make a porridge. Nigeria (Kano State, northern): fruit eaten. Cakes are made from the dried, fermented pulp, in Nigeria.

Additional Information

Name Authority:
(India) - Rajasthan (Jaisalmer district): Bar-bor. Rajasthan (western): Bor, Bér. Mozambique (Manyika/Shona): Musawu. Nigeria (Hausa): Magarya. Fermented pulp cakes: Tuwon magarya. Beverage: ‘K’walk’wando.
Chemical composition (Mozambique sample - fruit pulp): Moisture = 81.6%[/100g?]. Protein = 0.8%[/100g?]. Fat = 0.3%[/100g?]. Carbohydrate = 17%[/100g?]. Thiamine = 0.02%[/100g?]. Riboflavin = 0.02%[/100g?]. Niacin = 0.7%[/100g?]. Vitamin C = 76mg/100g. The fruit [pulp] contains quercetin, a flavonoid.

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