Berchemia discolor is a shrub or a tree m high; with a straight bole; rough, dark grey bark that flakes longitudinally; dense, rounded crown; slash yellow. Berchemia discolor. Authority, Hemsl. Family, Magnoliopsida:Rosidae: Rhamnales:Rhamnaceae. Synonyms. Common names. Editor. Ecocrop code, Widespread from Yemen, Somalia and Eritrea to South Africa in semi-arid bushland, wooded grassland as well as riverine vegetation, 0–1,

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It is frost sensitive, therefore suitable for the frost free areas. The results of the current study of B.

A 10 cm long cell was used and concentration of each element in the sample was calculated on percentage of dry viscolori. Vitamin A and C were determined by spectrophotometer and redox titration respectively. The pattern of the use of wild food plants is strongly affected by culture.

Berchemia discolor

The sample calorific value was calculated in kcal by multiplying the percentages of carbohydrate, proteins and crude lipid of fruits by factors 4, 4 and 9, respectively as used by FAO, RangannaUSDAAsibey-Berko and Tayie and AOAC See Terms of Use for details. Organic Carbon OC in the fruit was calculated using formula:. Wild food plants contribute more than nutrients; for many people and ethnic groups, berxhemia use of wild foods is a source of cultural identity, reflecting a deep and important body of knowledge about the environment, survival and sustainable living known widely as traditional ecological knowledge Balemie and Kebebew, Login to add your Comment Not registered yet?

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Berchemia discolor

It tolerates drought but is not resistant to frost or cold wind. Preference ranking of B. A Method of Manual. This seasonal abundance of the fruit signifies its contribution to supplement to household food supply and coping with food shortages. Therefore, the focus of this bercchemia was to identify the use and management of Berchemia discolor and quantify the nutrient content and analyse implications to food security in drylands.


In traditional medicine, the juice from the fruit is used to treat bleeding gums. A review of evidence from South Africa. This solution was used for elemental analysis by atomic absorption spectrophotometer.

Wild food plants in Southern Ethiopia: Chemical composition of diwcolor pea Lathyrus maritimus L. The mineral elements comprising sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc and phosphorus were dscolor according to the method of Shahidi et al.

June 25, ; Published: The fruit is edible, very sweet in taste and also used to make beer or pleasantly flavoured porridge. Ethnobotanical information was described in descriptive statistics and qualitatively under specific items following procedures of Martin and Cotton Also, the use of fruits from B.

Organic Carbon OC in the fruit was calculated using formula: Basic Problems and Techniques. It flowers in summer, from October to January. The calculated energy from total carbohydrates was They adapt partly to food shortage by using natural resources. Contributions to food and healthcare security of the semiarid people.

The fruit is rich in valuable nutrients and is accessible year-round with significant overlap of fruit abundance at times of acute food and nutritional scarcity Johns and Eyzaguirre, Driven by hunger, our ancestors ate whatever fruit at hand. These disxolor have been explained from habitat differences and different levels of availability of foods and diversity Turner et al.

Academic Press, London, UK. The genus Berchemia is named in honour of a well-known French botanist, M.


The cattail-best of the wild edible plants. Bercheemia provide fodder for camels and goats. The dye is used by basket makers. Sow fresh seed in a flat seedling tray filled with a mixture of river sand and compost 5: To the remaining material in each crucible, 5 mL of de-ionized water was added and heated until a colourless solution was obtained.

It provides livelihoods in terms of nutrition, income generation, fuel wood, timber, fodder and medicine. It is found scattered in semi-desert grassland, dkscolor woodland or at lower altitudes along river valleys, especially on termite mounds. Van Wyk, Braam, A. Debela Hunde FeyssaJ. In spite of the food and other multipurpose uses of Berchemia discolorresearch concerning the use, management and nutrition content of the species is inadequately documented discloor Ethiopia and obscure in the semiarid east Shewa.

Organic carbon OC in the fruit was obtained by subtracting total ash mineral from Adams et al.

The fruit may be eaten boiled with sorghum. The flask was heated on a heating mantle for 3 h to extract the crude lipid. Towards a global survey of pastoral communities and conflict. Dictionary of names for southern African trees: Both transhumance and settled farmers make their living in the semiarid parts of east Shewa, Ethiopia.

The data suggested that dicsolor fruits in the study area and almost certainly elsewhere, have great potential not only to bridge the hunger gap but also to supply essential nutrients during times of need. The Analysis of Nutrients in Foods.

Thus, land use had significant effect on the nutritional content of B.

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