Landolphia dulcis var. barteri (Stapf) Pichon This pointy fruit, which looks not unlike a cocoa pod, is found in fallowed forest in West Africa.8 The roots are renowned for their supposed effectiveness as an aphrodisiac. Recorded in Senegal, common in ravine and gallery forests of moist climate ecozones. Also recorded as a sweetener in Sierra Leone.

Landolphia hirsuta Beauvois is harvested from wild forests in Côte d’Ivoire. A rare nutritional analysis showed that merely three fruits (about 100 g edible portion) provide for almost 2/3 the daily vitamin A requirements of a 7-9 year old child.9


Information from S.C. Achinewhu. The plant is known in Nigeria as mbelekwulekwu.


Herzog F., Z. Farah and R. Amadò. 1994. Composition and consumption of gathered wild fruits in the V-Baoulé, Côte d’Ivoire. Ecology of Food and Nutrition 32:181-169.

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