Saturday, 29 March 2014

Food from the Veld
Kuru (Corallocarpus bainesii)

Corallocarpus bainesii
Image Credit: Zimbabwe Flora
Image Credit: The Hidden Gifts of Nature by Sigrid Leger
This plant is a perennial climber with a thickened root bulb which mainly grows in soft sandy areas of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. It "climbs" up trees and shrubs and, as can be seen from the photo, basically anything that it can attaches itself too. The small oval fruits are striking red with a green base when ripe and helps to identify the plant. Its main use is the thickened root which is dug out and then baked in a fire by putting it into hot ash. The taste is said to be similar to that of a potato. The root bulb can be harvested any time of the year.

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