Popowia obovata (Benth.) Engl. & Diels
Popowia stormsii De Wild.
Unona obovata Benth.
Friesodielsia obovata is a shrub or small tree, sometimes adopting a climbing or scrambling habit, usually growing from 1 -7.5 metres tall with some specimens to 12 metres[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its edible fruit, which is much liked by people of all ages and commonly consumed locally. The fruit is sold in local markets[
Tropical southern Africa - southern DR Congo, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.
Open woodland, thickets, grassland with scattered trees and near rivers, often on termite mounds, rocky outcrops and granitic soils; at elevations from 420 - 1,500 metres[
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Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. The flesh around the seeds has a sweetly acid and mildly peppery flavour[
]. They can be cooked to make a rich, red, acid jelly, stewed, or fermented to make wine[
]. The bright scarlet-red, cylindrical fruits are about 7cm long, hanging from the branches in bunches of 3 - 8 and looking rather like sausages or fingers[
]. When ripe, the fruit can hang for a long time on the tree[
]. The fruit can also be stored by drying it in the sun, then soaking it in warm water before eating it[
The roots are boiled and the decoction used for treating stomach-ache, infertility in women and as an antidote for snakebite[
The wood is hard[
]. It is used for making walking sticks, clubs, tool handles, withies, grain stores etc[
The wood is used for fuel[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. The seed germinates better if it is scarified by abrading the seed coat prior to sowing[
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