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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The prevalence of use and value of wild edible herbs in South Africa. In the main rain season the vegetative growth is more prominent. This generation old indigenous practices of local communities could provide baseline information for development activities in sustainable resources utilization, management, promotion of WEPs of east Shewa and Ethiopia in general.

The Dictionary of Nutrition and Food Technology. The mineral disco,or comprising sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc and phosphorus were determined according to the method of Shahidi et al.

The fruit and leaves can be used as fodder. Articles lacking sources from December All articles lacking sources Articles with ‘species’ microformats All stub articles. Rural communities depend on wild edible woody plants to meet their food needs in periods of food crisis eiscolor the use of wild edible plants in different localities provide optimum source of nutrients Emmanuel et al.

The results of the current study of B. After the extraction, the thimble was removed from the Soxhlet apparatus and the apparatus reassembled and heated over water bath for solvent recovery. The fruit has a high content of sugar and vitamin C. Averaged pooled summary of values for B. The fruit is an ovoid, fleshy drupe, yellow to pale orange when ripe. Statistical analysis for nutritional content was done through analysis of variance and means were separated by LSD at 0.


Berchemia discolor

The nutrients contents of fruits contents significantly varied vary for all variables analysed except for copper Cu and Condensed Tannin CT Table 5.

Therefore, the focus of this study was to identify the use and management of Berchemia discolor and quantify the nutrient content and analyse implications to food security in drylands. Wild foods provide diversity of nutrients in the diet of many households, especially in semi-arid and humid tropics Feyssa et al.

USDA nutrient database for standard reference, release The fruit and seed are edible. The fruit may be eaten boiled with sorghum. Vitamin A content of B.

Local coping and adaptation strategies to climate change and WEPs: Nutritive and anti-nutritive qualities of mostly preferred edible woody plants in selected drylands of Iringa district, Tanzania. It is planted as an ornamental and is an effective shade tree and can also be used as a windbreak. Berchemia discolor was observed in the study area with flowers and fruits across eight months, May to December except between January to April. Berchemia is a genus of plants in the family Rhamnaceaenamed after Dutch botanist Berthout van Berchem.

Minerals, phosphorus and vitamins analysis: Making the most of indigenous trees. Mothogoane National Herbarium, Pretoria February In order to remedy this situation, a wider and sustained acceptance of wild fruits as important dietary components must be fostered through appropriate integration of WEPs in development policy and extension services. The fruits appear from January to July. The fruit is edible, very sweet in taste and also used to make beer or pleasantly flavoured porridge.


Crude protein was computed from sample percentage nitrogen content as determined by the Kjeldahl procedure, multiplied by a factor 6. Transhumance land uses, Cu: A Method of Manual.

Nutritional Value of Berchemia discolor: A Potential to Food and Nutrition Security of Households

A Kjeldahl digestion tablet and 10 cm 3 of concentrated sulf uric acid were added and the sample was boiled until frothing stopped and the digested sample became clear.

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Associated indigenous knowledge and implications to food security. The comparative analysis demonstrated that wild fruits have high potential as sources of vital nutrients especially for children who are prone to malnutrition and who are the key fruit collectors.

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The climate of the area is hot with erratic, variable rainfall and unreliable for agricultural activities. Proteins and carbohydrates B. Sandy, Loam Flowering viscolor The mineral solution in each crucible was transferred into a mL volumetric flask by filtration through Whatman No.

December Learn how and when to remove this template message. Search in Google Scholar. The multiple uses of B. It provides livelihoods in terms of nutrition, income generation, fuel wood, timber, fodder and medicine. It also makes good firewood. Nutrient composition of some major Ethiopian farm becrhemia vs. Wild food plants in Southern Ethiopia: