Sunday, 23 March 2014

Food from the veld
Springbok Cucumber, Wild Gherkin, Cucumis africanus

Photo Credit: Africa Wild

Photo Credit: 66squarefeet.blogspot

Photo Credit: 66squarefeet.blogspot
Indigenous to Africa and occurs from the woodlands of Angola and Zimbabwe to Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. The fresh young leaves can be eaten as a pot herb or vegetable. Studiess have found  the leaves to be rich  in calcium, iron, nicotinic acid and vitamin C. The fruits have an overall nutrient composition slightly better than that of the cucumber and is used a water source by the Bushmen. The non-bitter fruits of C. africanus can be pickled and preserved. More Info: Plantz Africa

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