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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The species is easy to grow and is already sometimes cultivated in gardens at least in Senegal. The seeds from the center of the fruits are also edible.

A perennial that produces large quantities of three different foods could be a valuable food-security crop for the most difficult regions and most threatening times. Although an especially hardy life form, shrubs are generally neglected in development activities. Success might instantly turn this wild resource into a icacian crop for regions with few salable materials.

Although untouched by icacnia science, the plant is already widespread and depended on by millions. False yam Descri ption. For a wild and untended plant, these are remarkable amounts. But no one should write off icacina hastily. The family was traditionally circumscribed quite broadly, with around 55 genera totalling over species.


The fruit is reportedly eaten in Congo. In part, this resource has also suffered because it is a shrub.

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The pieces are afterwards dried, pounded, and strained to remove fibers. At or before the beginning of the rainy season it throws out erect leafy shoots from a large underground fleshy tuber. In the northern parts of the Central African Republic, for instance, hordes of people each year mount expeditions to collect the fruits and keep themselves fed during the few most-threatening weeks when little else is on hand in the villages. But at present no one knows those capabilities for icacina.

Nutritive value of false yam (Icacina oliviformis) tuber meal for broiler chickens.

Unfortunately, this book can’t be printed from the OpenBook. The tubers are then sliced and soaked in clean water for several days to soften the flesh and leach out bitter compounds. Click here to buy this book in print or download it as a free PDF, if available. That will avoid having to reinvent ancient wheels of knowledge. Within Africa Humid Areas The bright red fruit of icacina contains a sweet, sought- Prospects here are high.

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The fruits, for instance, are widely enjoyed during the annual harvesting season. The tubers are harvested only when required. Dried, they turn rock hard, but then can be stored with negligible loss. People truly enjoy the fruits as well as the seeds, which represent a permanent, reliable, and very tasty food. Oliviofrmis, you can type in a page number and press Enter to go directly to that page in the book.


False yam Descri ption The Icacinaceae are a family of flowering plantsconsisting of treesshrubsand lianasprimarily of the tropics. The National Academies Press.

7 ICACINA | Lost Crops of Africa: Volume III: Fruits | The National Academies Press

Plant Foods for Human Nutrition 53 2: Ready to take your reading offline? To consider icacina as just a weed or fallback crop for the worst of times is quite wrong. Selected Species Adansonia kilima Allanblackia floribunda Dacryodes edulis Irvingia gabonensis Moringa oleifera Ricinodendron heudelotii Sclerocarya birrea Tamarindus indica Uapaca kirkiana Vitellaria paradoxa Vitex doniana Ziziphus mauritiana Anacardium icaciina Annona senegalensis.

Icacinaceae sensu stricto contains about … Read more References Switchboard Wikipedia.

Icacina claesensi Called kukbukumbu in Congo. Overseas Development Administration, London: Icacina senegalensisF. Owing to their size and the fact that they can penetrate far below the surface, they are difficult to dig out.