Irvingia wombolu Vermoesen. Bitter bush mango, dry season bush mango En. Dika, odika, manguier sauvage, chocolatier, ogbono Fr. Irvingia wombolu occurs in the forest zone from the Cassamance in Senegal east to southern Sudan and Uganda, and south to south-western DR Congo and northern Angola. The kernels from the fruit are an important ingredient in cooking and are preferred over those of other Irvingia spp. They are processed by grinding and crushing, and then used to thicken soups and stews.

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We'd like to understand how you use our websites in order to improve them. Register your interest. Cultivation of priority plant species ensures their sustainable management. African bush mango trees Irvingia gabonensis and I. Experts disagree on the status of these very similar taxa, as taste remains the only character by which they can be distinguished in the field.

We combined occurrences and environment data in ecological niche models to assess suitable areas for the two species. Irvingia gabonensis presented a wider occurrence area due to cultivation across contrasting ecological areas. Irvingia wombolu does not appear to be cultivated and only occurred in southwestern Togo. These differences in range is likely determined by phenological limitations of I.

Highly suitable areas for I. These differences are significant, implying different ecological adaptation. However, anthropogenic influences, related to domestication history, are also important. Therefore, updated genetic investigations and field trials in contrasting ecological areas are required for understanding the origin of differences between these two forms.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access. Rent this article via DeepDyve. Akusu OM, Kiin-Kabari DB Effect of storage period on selected functional, chemical stability and sensory properties of bush mango Irvingia gabonensis seed flour.

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We are working on a subset of plants in the PFAF database identified as having the most potential for inclusion in such designs. We are adding search terms and icons to those plants pages, and providing a range of search options aligned to categories of plants and crop yields, with Help facilities including videos. Irvingia wombolu is a tropical tree growing up to 25 m tall with a buttressed trunk of about 50 cm in diameter. The crown is dense and round comprised of alternate, simple leaves. The flowers are yellow and form into groups in the leaf axils. The fruits are fleshy, green in color but turn yellow when ripe, and oval.


Irvingia wombolu

Irvingia gabonensis and I. Harvesting or collections in the forests are activities of women and children. They are also responsible for processing and substantial amount of marketing. Irvingia kernel is now major export produce to Europe and the USA.

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