Fruits for nutritious benefits part 2
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CTA. 2007. Fruits for nutritious benefits part 2. Rural Radio Resource Pack 07/5. Wageningen, The Netherlands: CTA.
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Are indigenous fruits just a poor man?s food?
Fruits for nutritional benefit 2 Cue: Another indigenous fruits with plenty of potential is Marula. It is high in fat, and it is a good source of oil for skin care. But as Sylvia Jiyane discovers by talking to Dr Paul Desmond from the Multi Help Trust in Zimbabwe, the marula nut has the potential to be used in a far more tempting way. And, it can be much, much more than just a ?poor man?s food?. IN: ?Marula traditionally is turned into? OUT: ?which should be developed.? DUR?N: 2?17? BACK ANNOUNCEMENT: That was Sylvia Jiyane talking to Dr Paul Desmond from the Multi Help Trust in Zimbabwe. Marula can be made into oil and used for the skin or to mix with fudge or chocolate, for a product which could sell like wild fire. The interview comes from a resource pack produced by CTA. Transcript Desmond Marula traditionally is turned into an alcoholic beverage and it is said to be very, very tasty. You have got the famous Amarula liquor. Again we would rather see the fruit pulp being turned into fresh drinks and seed which is very hard to extract but it is very, very food for us. And the oil can be expressed and sent overseas. When I was young my father used to trade in this and send marula seed over to America where it was used in confectionary. If you have ever made fudge with nuts, you cannot beat fudge made with marula nuts. It is fantastic. And even our chocolate bars that people are making with the various nuts, if we added marula into that, you would see that they would go like wild fire. Jiyane There is more consumption of the indigenous fruit trees in the rural areas, and in the urban areas these fruit trees are basically regarded as poor man?s food. What is your comment on that? Desmond Yes it certainly is a poor man?s food. But it should also be a rich man?s food as well. What is happening is in the rural areas the fruit is there and that is what the rural people can afford to get because they gather it, and in the urban areas, people grow up, some of them not even knowing what it is. Obviously the people who introduce bananas and apples and some of the more expensive fruit, are going to push their product. Whereas there is no body to push our indigenous product. There is an association in Zimbabwe right now that are changing the scenario and bringing the value of our fruits up to show people how good our fruits are. And there are some very wonderful properties in our fruit which should be developed. End of track.