Fruit & Vegetable Weak: Balanites aegyptiaca (L.) Delile

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Mayur Nandikar

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Jan 3, 2011, 5:21:08 AM1/3/11
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Hello

Balanites aegyptiaca (L.Delile, 1812
Syn. Ximenia aegyptiaca L.
Picture taken near Jodhpur  (Rajasthan)

          Balanites aegyptiaca is a species of tree, classified either as a member of the Zygophyllaceae or the Balanitaceae.This tree is native to much of Africa and parts of theMiddle East.This is one of the most common trees in Senegal.It can be found in many kinds of habitat, tolerating a wide variety of soil types, from sand to heavy clay, and climatic moisture levels, from arid to subhumid. It is relatively tolerant of flooding, livestock activity, and wildfire.

          The yellow, single-seeded fruit is edible, but bitter. Many parts of the plant are used asfamine foods in Africa; the leaves are eaten raw or cooked, the oily seed is boiled to make it less bitter and eaten mixed with sorghum, and the flowers can be eaten.The tree is considered valuable in arid regions because it produces fruit even in dry times. The fruit can be fermented for alcoholic beverages


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Mr. Mayur D. Nandikar,
Research Student,
Department of Botany,
Shivaji University,
Kolhapur.
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mani nair

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Jan 3, 2011, 5:47:49 AM1/3/11
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Mayur ji, nice photo.
Regards,
Mani.

Mahadeswara

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Jan 3, 2011, 8:28:17 AM1/3/11
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Good photographs and valuable information with appropriate references.
Very useful.

On Jan 3, 3:21 pm, Mayur Nandikar <mayurnandi...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello
>
> *Balanites aegyptiaca *(L. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Linnaeus>)
> Delile <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alire_Raffeneau_Delile>, 1812
> Syn. *Ximenia aegyptiaca* L.
> Picture taken near Jodhpur  (Rajasthan)
>
> *          Balanites aegyptiaca* is a species of
> tree<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree>,
> classified either as a member of the
> Zygophyllaceae<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zygophyllaceae> or
> the Balanitaceae<http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Balanitaceae&action=edit&re...>.This
> tree is native to much of Africa <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africa> and
> parts of theMiddle East <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_East>.This is
> one of the most common trees in
> Senegal<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senegal>.It
> can be found in many kinds of habitat, tolerating a wide variety of
> soil<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soil> types,
> from sand <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sand> to heavy
> clay<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay>,
> and climatic moisture levels, from arid <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arid> to
> subhumid. It is relatively tolerant of flooding, livestock activity, and
> wildfire <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildfire>.
>
>           The yellow, single-seeded <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed>
> fruit <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit> is edible, but
> bitter<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taste#Bitterness>. Many
> parts of the plant are used asfamine
> foods<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Famine_food> in
> Africa; the leaves are eaten raw or cooked, the oily seed is boiled to make
> it less bitter and eaten mixed with
> sorghum<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorghum>,
> and the flowers can be eaten.The tree is considered valuable in arid regions
> because it produces fruit even in dry times. The fruit can be
> fermented<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol_fermentation>
>  for alcoholic beverages <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcoholic_beverage>.
> [Information compiled fromhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balanites_aegyptiaca
> ]
>
> Thank you
> --
> Mr. Mayur D. Nandikar,
> Research Student,
> Department of Botany,
> Shivaji University,
> Kolhapur.
>
>  Balanites aegyptiaca.jpg
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>  Balanites aegyptiaca1.jpg
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tanay bose

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Jan 3, 2011, 10:52:37 AM1/3/11
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Nice one Mayur Ji
Tanay
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