Fragariopsis paxii Pittier
Plukenetia macrostyla Ule
Plukenetia peruviana Müll.Arg.
Sajorium volubile (L.) Baill.
Experimental cultivation of the plant at INIEA station, Pucallpa, Ucayali, Peru.
Photograph by: Michael Hermann
Plukenetia volubilis is a slender climbing shrub, scrambling over the ground and twining into other plants for support.
The edible seeds and leaves are gathered from the wild for local use. This species has long been used by native people, but has only recently become better known and is now being cultivated for the high quality oil obtained from the seed.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Surinam; Caribbean - Windward Isles.
Occurs in disturbed areas or forest edges of lowland moist or wet forest, at elevations below 900 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Cultivated plants frequently have larger, 5 - 6 carpelled fruits and more prominently serrate leaf margins[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
Seeds - roasted[
]. An excellent flavour[
]. Rich in oil (35 - 60%) and protein (27%).
An oil is extracted from the seed. It is used in the preparation of various meals.
The oil from the seed is of high quality and can be used for cosmetics etc.
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