Brassica arabica (Fisch. & C.A. Mey.) Fiori
Brassica schimperi Boiss.
Diplotaxis inopinata Sprague
Sisymbrium abyssinicum E.Fourn.
Sisymbrium hararense Engl.
Erucastrum arabicum is an annual plant growing up to 1 metre tal. It can be branched or unbranched[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, and possibly also as a source of oil.
In Ethiopia it is believed by some that eating this plant can have side effects such as drowsiness and drying of the skin[
Africa - Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, eastern DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, S. Afri
Disturbed places in upland forest, a weed in cultivated land; at elevations from sea level to 3,170 metres, though mainly at 1,500 - 2,000 metres[
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An introduced weed in cultivated land in many parts of the world[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
]. The above-ground parts are chopped and boiled in salty water for about one hour, and eaten as a vegetable in sauces or soups[
]. The young leaves can also be eaten raw as a salad[
]. In some areas the plant is considered a typical famine food, though in other areas it is seen as a normal wild vegetable[
The oil from the seed is possibly used as food after refining[
The seed contains around 35% oil[
]. It is possibly used for lighting purposes[
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