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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Associated indigenous knowledge and implications to food security.

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These two vitamins are also among the critical vitamins focused by current human nutrition security. The nutrients contents of fruits contents significantly varied vary for all variables analysed except for copper Cu and Condensed Tannin CT Table 5. John Wiley and Sons Inc.

Wild foods provide diversity of nutrients in the diet of many households, especially in semi-arid and humid tropics Feyssa et al. It tolerates drought but is not resistant to frost or cold wind.

Vitamin A and C were determined by spectrophotometer and redox titration respectively. In the main rain season the vegetative growth is more prominent.

Berchemia discolor – Useful Tropical Plants

Van Wyk, Braam, A. The fruit has a high content of sugar and vitamin C.


Full Sun Gardening skill: Indigenous people perception on plant uses and threats: Interaction effect of B. Wild fruits diversity, potential and state of exploitation in the Amhara region of Ethiopia.

The sample calorific value was calculated in kilocalories kcal multiplying by physiological energy factor composition 4, 4 and 9 of percentage proteins, fats and carbohydrates were used, respectively FAO,; USDA, ; Asibey-Berko and Tayie, The percentage residue weighed was expressed as total ash content. Retrieved from ” https: Driven by hunger, our ancestors ate whatever fruit at hand.

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

Berchemia discolor

Most fruit are relatively poor sources of vitamins other than vitamin C and vitamin A and minerals other than potassiumbut fruit, along with leaves and roots, are most important for supplying protectant phytochemicals and ascorbic bercheemia vitamin C Berchemia discolor is among indigenous species of disxolor and economic importance which include food from fruit of the trees. Mineral elements and phosphorus were determined in dry matter basis.

To the remaining material in each crucible, 5 mL of de-ionized water was added and heated until a colourless solution was obtained. Human caused fire, WF: The mineral elements comprising sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc and phosphorus were determined according to the method of Shahidi et al. Vitamin content of Berchemia discolor across dizcolor uses: Averaged pooled summary of values for B.


Phosphorus content of the digest was determined calorimetrically according to the method described by Nahapetian and Bassir From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The genus Berchemia is named in honour of a well-known French botanist, M.

Leaves provide fodder for camels and goats. This needs focused research to quantify the potential of the species to food and nutrition security.

Basic Problems and Techniques. The dried fruits and seeds were cooled in a desiccator and weighed. Relative frequency and densities in Boosat districts are The major socio-cultural value of a tree is in maintaining traditional lifestyles building and furnishing houses, traditional celebrationsproviding important secondary forest products and medicine and aesthetic practices Guinad and Lemessa, ; Teklehaymanot and Giday, See Terms of Use for details.

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