The Marula Fruit as I have grown to know it.

A full day already passed since my first blog article.  And I am grateful to see, I have a few followers.

I would like to tell you a bit more about the Marula fruit and it’s uses within our area as I have grown to know it.  Marula is a seasonal fruit, you would only be able to find it mid January to mid March, within our greater Limpopo area.  Other areas you can still find them up to mid April.

The Marula fruit is a great source to several users.

There are mothers that collect the fruit and as a willing seller, sell the fruit to willing buyers and use the income for their children’s school books and fee’s.  The marula fruit is harvested as they fall from the tree.  But believe me, it is really hard work.

marula_collection_point_link

Then there are others that use the fruit to make the well-known, home-brewed traditional Marula Beer.  They remove the marula skin and then use the kernel with the flesh.  This and sugar is added to a bucket with some water (some even use yeast).  After squeezing the kernels to remove the flesh, everything is then removed from where you are left with the marula & water juice.  The pulp is left for 2-4 days to go stronger.

The fruit pulp is also very popular to use for making jams and jellies and even marula chutney.  It actually turned out to be a great add-on to any dish.  Hopefully I can share more tips and recipe suggestions soon.

You would also find the cattle keeper who appreciate the mother nature’ generosity, for availability of the Marula fruit as an extra feeding source to his cattle.

Marula is very high in vitamin C source as well as potassium, calcium and magnesium.  Fully ripe Marula fruits are tart, with a pleasant sweet-sour taste and can be eaten raw.  It is especially popular among wild animals like elephants, kudu, baboons, giraffe and even the smallest Smith’s bush squirrel.

Among the older generations and religions there is several beliefs that developed around the marula tree – my most favorite is that it is known to the Zulu’s as the ‘Marriage Tree’ for it is a symbol of fertility and is used in a cleansing ritual before marriage.

http://www.marula.org.za/legends.htm

is a website where you can read more about the beliefs and traditions – I just love it!!!!!!

 

 

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