Aframomum crassilabium (K.Schum. ex Engl.) K.Schum.
Amomum crassilabium K.Schum. ex Engl.
Amomum mala K.Schum. ex Engl.
Aframomum mala is a herbaceous perennial plant producing dense stands of leafy stems 1.5 - 4 metres tall from a tuberous rootstock[
The fruits and seeds are gathered from the wild for local use as a food and condiment.
Tropical Africa - Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania.
An understorey plant in forests[
The fruits are eaten raw. The seeds are surrounded by masses of white sweet-acid pulp inside 3 membranes[
]. The sweet, sugary pulp is frequently eaten as a snack - it is particularly liked by children[
]. The fruit is a round to oval, tough, orange-red-black berry 7 - 9cm long including the calyx beak[
The seeds are crushed and used as a spice like pepper[
The crushed seeds are boiled with the roots of Piper capensis and drunk as an aphrodisiac[
The dense stands formed by the plant are a favoured habitat for snakes, especially green mamba[
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