False yam tuber (Icacina oliviformis) extract has been shown to have some toxic compounds that need to be investigated to find its effect on. Common Name:False yam. Description. The Icacinaceae are a family of flowering plants, consisting of trees, shrubs, and lianas, primarily of the tropics. False yam (Icacina oliviformis syn. Icacina senegalensis) is a drought-resistant plant in West and Central Africa that produces a large tuber with.

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In a sense, icacina pronounced ik-a-SEE-na is a living grocery store during normal times and an emergency relief-food supplier during hungry times. Overseas Oliviormis Administration, London: People truly enjoy the fruits as well as the seeds, which represent a permanent, reliable, and very tasty food. Upland Areas Potential here is unknown, but perhaps worth finding out.

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The starchy flour is then either eaten without further processing or, more often, is blended with the flour from the seeds. The following other wikis use this file: But sometimes a portion survives and produces a new shoot anyway. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The volume describes 24 little-known indigenous African cultivated and wild fruits that have potential as food- and cash-crops but icacuna typically overlooked by scientists, policymakers, and the world at large. Information from Venceslas Goudiaby.


Famine Food Trials Icacina helps those most at risk in drought times. The pink pulp of the oilviformis is eaten at least in Congo, Senegal, and Guinea. The tubers are harvested only when required. Its fruits, seeds and tubers are all edible, at least after proper preparation. It is remarkable for yielding three fundamentally different types of food: Also, you can type in a page number and press Enter to go directly to that page in the book.

Cassava is also a shrub, so this possibility is not as far-fetched as it may seem. Even in those areas where it is abundant collections have been scanty, and it likely occurs in many more areas than are now described.

African Plants – A Photo Guide – Icacina oliviformis (Poir.)

Toxicological Studies Although widely eaten, there exist some safety concerns about the seeds and tubers, at least of some species. Each olififormis is also described in a separate chapter, based on information provided and assessed by experts throughout the world.

The seed, after processing, yields a tasty The plant grows both in and nutritious flour, as does the tuber.

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Nonetheless, it could be produced in far greater amounts. They are typically 50 cm wide and weigh 10 kg or more. They are soaked several days, boiled in new water, dried, dehusked, and ground. Sign up for email notifications and we’ll let you know about new publications in your areas of interest when they’re released.


Do you enjoy reading reports from the Academies online for free? Retrieved from ” https: From that base of ucacina should arise highly productive and resilient shrubs with shapes open bottoms, for example that are best for purposes of weed control, ease of harvest, and general management.

Icacina oliviformis – African Orphan Crops Consortium

Both tubers and seeds contain bitter compounds that must be washed out. Reduction of some toxicants in Icacina mannii by fermentation with Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Beyond Africa Prospects here are probably low. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition 53 2: However, extension services could also develop ways to increase the size and density and productivity of the wild stands.

Nonetheless, there appear to be three locales of especial abundance: In a test in a mouse-infested storeroom, for example, seeds remained untouched during several weeks. JPG Icacina oliviformis syn. Although an especially hardy life form, shrubs are generally neglected in development activities. Views View Edit History. The usable portion is about 80 percent starch and a crucial resource during famines.

Even mechanical harvesting seems feasible. The tubers, too, are oliviforkis in the form of flour. Looking for other ways to read this? Page Share Cite.