Ferolia capensis (Harv.) Kuntze
Parinari curatellifolia fruticulosa R.E.Fr.
Parinari latifolia (Oliv.) Exell
Parinari pumila Mildbr.
Parinari capensis is a perennial plant with an extensively rhizomatous root system. Woody stems, usually up to 30cm tall, but very rarely to 1 metre, are produced annually from leaf axils at the base of old stems - the stems usually dying back to the base at the end of the growing season, though occasionally growing on the following year[
The edible fruit and seed are sometimes harvested from the wild for local consumption.
Tropical Africa - Gabon, Congo, DR Congo, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, S. Africa.
Edges of dambos, on sandy, especially seasonally waterlogged oligotrophic soils and on Kalahari sands, where trees are absent, forming large patches not touched by cattle; secondary grassland following destruction of woodland by fire, cultivation etc[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. Although somewhat dry and astringent, the sweet outer flesh is eaten[
]. It has a strong, characteristic flavour and is often buried in sand for some time before being considered fit to eat[
]. It can also be dried and eaten as a soft cake[
]. The ellipsoid fruit is up to 3cm x 2cm[
The juice of the fruit can be drunk fresh, or concentrated to the consistency of a gruel[
The fruit is also used for making beer[
Seed. The crushed kernels are eaten as a relish[
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