Volume 3: Wild Fruits
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Lost Crops of Africa: Volume I, Grains APPENDIX I Lost Crops of Africa Series This is the first in a series of books highlighting the promise to be found in food plants native to Africa. The second and third volumes in the series are now being prepared for publication, and the fourth, fifth, and sixth are in the planning stage. Following are lists of the plants now being considered. Volume 2: Cultivated Fruits Balanites (Desert Date) Balanites aegyptiaca Baobab Adansonia digitata Butterfruit (Africado) Dacryodes edulis Carissa Carissa spp., esp. C. macrocarpa Horned Melon Cucumis metuliferus Kei Apple Dovyalis caffra Marula Sclerocryo caffra Melon Cucumis melo Tamarind Tamcarindus indica Watermelon Citrullus lanatus Ziziphus Ziziphus mauritiana Volume 3: Wild Fruits African Medlars Vangueria madagascariensis Aizen Boscia spp. Chocolate Berries Vitex spp. Custard Apples Annona senegalensis Figs Ficus spp. Gemsbok Cucumber Acanthosicyos naudinianus Gingerbread Plums Parinari spp. Grapes Vitis spp. Icacina (False Yam) Icacina oliviformis Imbe (African Mangosteen) Garcinia livingstonei Milkwoods Mimusops spp.
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Lost Crops of Africa: Volume I, Grains Monkey Apple Anisophyllea laurina Monkey Orange Strychnos spp. Nara Acanthosicyos horrida Raisin Trees Grewia spp. Rubber Fruits Landolphia spp. Sour Plum Ximenia spp. Star Apples Chrysophyllum spp. Sugar Plums Uapaca spp. Sweet Detar Detarium senegalense Tree Grapes Lannea spp. Tree Strawberry Nauclea spp. Velvet Tamarind Dialium guineense Water Berry Syzygium guineense Wild Plum Pappea capensis Volume 4: Vegetables African Eggplant Solanum macrocarpon Amaranths Amaranthus spp. Bitterleaf Vernonia amygdalina Bitter Melon Momordica spp. Baobab Adansonia digitata Bologi Crassocephalum biafrae Bungu Ceratotheca sesamoides Bur Gherkin Cucumis spp. Celosia Celosia spp. Cleome Cleome gynandra Crotalaria Crotalaria spp. Dayflowers Commelina spp. Edible Flowers Various species Edible Mushrooms Various species Edible Trees Various species Egusi-ito Cucumeropsis mannii Enset Ensete ventricosum Ethiopian Mustard Brassica carinata Fluted Pumpkin Telfairia occidentalis Garden Cress Lepidium spp. Gherkins Cucumis spp. Horned Melon (Kiwano) Cucumis metuliferus Jilo Solanum gilo Mock Tomato Solanum aethiopicum Okra Abelmoschus esculentus Ogunmo Solanum melanocerasum
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Lost Crops of Africa: Volume I, Grains Oyster Nut Telfairia pedata Spirulina Spirulina spp. Water Leaf Talinum spp. Volume 5: Legumes Bambara Groundnut Vigna subterranea Cowpea Vigna unguiculata Grass Pea Lathyrus spp. Guar Cyamopsis tetragonoloba Groundbean Macrotyloma geocarpa Lablab Lablab purpureus Locust Beans Parkia spp. Marama Bean Bauhinia esculenta Pigeon Pea Cajanus cajan Sword Bean Canavalia spp. Velvet Tamarind Dialium spp. Volume 6: Roots and Tubers African Yam Bean Sphenostylis spp. Anchote Coccinia spp. Guinea Yam Dioscorea x cayenensis Potato Yam Dioscorea esculenta Other Yams Dioscorea spp. Hausa Potato Solenostemon rotundifolius Sudan Potato Solenostemon parviflorus Livingstone Potato Plectranthus esclentus Wing bean Roots Psophocarpus spp. Tiger Nut (Chufa) Cyperus esculentus Vigna Roots Vigna spp., especially V. vexillata We hope that this set of reports will alert everyone to the wealth of foods that are Africa's own heritage. We also hope to continue the series with volumes on nuts, oilseeds, spices, beverage plants, and others. Collectively, the resulting wealth of knowledge and guidance might well lead to a "second front" in the war on hunger in what is now the most hunger-ravaged part of the world.
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Lost Crops of Africa: Volume I, Grains We would very much like to hear from readers who would like to contribute to these future volumes. Send your name and the crop in which you're interested to: Noel D. Vietmeyer, FO 2060 National Academy of Sciences 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20418, USA Fax: (202) 334-2660 Email: email@example.com Above all, we'd like to appeal for photographs. Locating pictures for this book on grains has been a monumental headache; finding interesting shots for the future volumes will likely be even harder.
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