A-Z FRUIT CELEBRATION: “X” is for XIMENIA! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
Ximenia, also known as a sourplum (“suurpruim”), is a small tree🌳 or small shrub that is thinly branched. In particular, the sourplum is native to regions in South East Africa, mainly Botswana, 🇧🇼Kenya🇰🇪, Malawi🇲🇼, Mozambique🇲🇿, South Africa🇿🇦, Tanzania🇹🇿, Uganda🇺🇬, Zambia🇿🇲, and Zimbabwe🇿🇼. The fruit are generally sour😬 with a dry aftertaste🤪, however contains significant amounts of potassium. The tree itself is fairly hardy, with frost resistance❄ and drought tolerance. The tree, fruit, seed, leaves🌿, and roots are all used for human consumption, medicinally💊, or for fuel⛽. 5 fun facts about Ximenia:👀
1) Ximenia bark is traditionally used for treating oral infections and even toothaches, and it also works well for soothing away stomach aches and nausea🤢. 2) The non-drying oil that is obtained from the seed is used in India🇮🇳 as a substitute for ghee.
3) The fruits are eaten by birds and various other animals.🦉🦆🕊🐓
4) The fruit is sour but can be eaten raw; it is best eaten when slightly overripe. More typically, it is put into cold water💧 to soak, and then the skin and seed are removed by pressing. The remaining pulp is then mixed with pounded tubers to create a porridge. Alternatively, the fruits can also be processed into a storable jam. The fruits are also known to be used for desserts🍧🍮 and jellies.
5) The wood of the tree is hard and fine-grained. Typically, it is used as firewood🔥. However, it can also be used to make handles for tools🏹, utensils, or for construction purposes.
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