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African Okra Abelmoschus caillei
African Okra, Quimbombó, QuimbombótardioAbelmoschus caillei originated and is now grown mostly in West and Central Africa, where it has become an important vegetable crop. This species of okra is particularly popular with subsistence farmers as it can produce a food crop year round, has a higher market value as it is available in the...
Grain Amaranth Amaranthus cruentus, A. hypochondriacus
Grain Amaranth, Kiwicha, BledoGrain amaranths are annual plants and include several species of Amaranthus grown specifically for the seeds which are usually lighter colored than vegetable amaranth varieties. The cultivation of grain amaranths as food plants is traceable to ancient Aztec civilizations of Mexico. The grain...
African Moringa Tree Moringa stenopetala
African Moringa Tree, Cabbage Tree, Malung Gay, Shefferew, Moringa éthiopien, Malung Gay, Murunga Kai, SohnjaAfrican Moringa is a fast growing tree up to 15 m in height. It grows at higher and drier locations than M. oleifera. In comparison to M. oleifera, M. stenopetala has larger leaves with a milder taste when eaten raw, provides more shade, has a stockier and more bushy growth habit, can be more...
Okra Abelmoschus esculentus
Okra, Ochro, Okro, Lady's Finger, GumboOkra probably originated in North East Africa growing along rivers and bodies of water at 0 - 1000m elevation. It remains widely grown around the world for its nutritious pods, leaves, and fiber. It prefers hot temperatures with plenty of water. Regular picking of the pods triggers continuous...
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Northern Black Wattle Acacia auriculiformis
Northern Black Wattle, Kasia, Ear Leaf Acacia, Auri, AkasyaAcacia auriculiformis is a low to medium-sized 8-20 m tall, fast-growing tree with yellow flowers. It is adaptable to harsh soils (pH 3-9) and used primarily as a nitrogen-fixing tree for fuelwood, charcoal, crop shade, and wind breaks.
Malabar Spinach Basella alba, Basella rubra
Malabar Spinach, Brède D'angola, Ceylon Spinach, Poi Sag, Malabar Nightshade, Zepina, Indian SpinachThere are two species of Malabar Spinach, Basella alba, which is green and B. rubra, which has purple stems. The thick mucilaginous leaves are an excellent dark green leafy vegetable for hot and humid climates. Malabar Spinach grows as a spreading vine along the ground or climbing on a trellis; a...
Vegetable Amaranth Amaranthus tricolor, A. viridis
Vegetable Amaranth, Brède De Malabar, Amarante Tricolor, slender amaranth, green amaranthAmaranthus spp. is an annual, erect herb (up to 1 m tall) grown for its edible leaves Leaves grow up to 8 cm in length and are present in an alternate arrangement along the stem. Small flowers are borne on slender spikes within inflorescences up to 12 cm long. Fruit are small, compressed,...
Moringa Moringa oleifera
Moringa, Drumstick tree, Ben Tree, Benzolive, Horseradish Tree, Malunggay, Ben Oléifère, Ben Ailé, Drumstick TreeMoringa is a very popular tropical fast growing tree up to 15 m in height. The young pods can be eaten and the leaves are an excellent source of calcium, vitamins, minerals and protein. The tree has a loose crown and can also be used for a hedge, living fence or windbreak. It coppices well to...