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Title: Local knowledge and use of Marula [Sclerocarya birrea (A. Rich.) Hochst.] in South-central Zimbabwe
Authors: Maroyi, Alfred
Keywords: Local knowledge;Rural communities;Sclerocarya birrea;South-central Zimbabwe
Issue Date: Jul-2013
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. Cl.8: A61K 36/00, A01D 7/13, A01D 7/00, A01D 23/08, A01D 5/00, A01D 20/00, A01D 11/00, A01D 1/00
Abstract: The aim of this study was to document indigenous knowledge related to the use of Sclerocarya birrea (A. Rich.) Hochst. subsp. caffra (Sond.) Kokwaro (Marula) in South-central Zimbabwe. One hundred and sixteen participants from 4 villages were interviewed between December 2011 and January 2012. Local communities in South-central Zimbabwe derive many benefits from Marula. The main product harvested by the participants was the fruit. The ripe fruits were eaten raw (100%), kernels were eaten raw (100%) or roasted (33.6%), fruit juice fermented to produce children’s beverage (22.4%) or traditional beer (35.3%), making jam (14.7%), oil processing (8.6%) and added to maize, millet and sorghum porridge (4.3%). Marula has also medicinal uses and the leaves and fruits were browsed by livestock. This study calls for large-scale cultivation of Marula not only in South-central Zimbabwe, but also in neighbouring countries where the species occurs naturally and has the potential to positively affect local peoples’ livelihoods.
Page(s): 398-403
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.12(3) [July 2013]

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