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.

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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!!!!!!

 

 

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!  We are looking forward to a very exciting and great Marula journey ahead.  With this blog I’d love to share milestones, knowledge and some great facts about Marula to all.

It is such a great fruit, versatile in so many ways, I always say, it is a fruit given from God, as you find it wildly spread over several parts of Africa.

Spreading the word and marketing our marula skin care products we actually realized that there is not much education and knowledge sharing going around about all the great benefits coming from marula fruits, should that be as skin care products or as food products.  Everyone is familiar with Coconut oil, Argan oil, and the list goes on.  But what do you know about Marula oil ?

Oh yes, we have developed some natural skin care marula products and we also work very closely together with institutions, companies, communities and people on all levels.  There are only a few people who know / think about the bigger opportunities available from the marula fruit.

What can the skin be used for? the flesh ? did you know you can even use the kernel for something ?  See, did we make you think now?  A lot of ideas came around and some even stayed.  All these ideas work towards poverty, healthy skin care, going greener, work opportunities, business development and even tourism attraction.  All end with the word, MARULA.

  • Did you know that 1 marula fruit has 6 times more vitamin C found in an orange ?
  • The marula tree belongs to the same family as the mango ?

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Well, this was very short and I hope I have attracted some curious readers and are looking forward to be sharing more interesting facts about our wonderful wild fruit the Marula.

Some interesting articles to come

  • Marula in the skin care industry
  • Can Marula oil be used to cook with ?
  • Why use marula oil on your skin ?
  • How is marula fruit harvested ?

and many more.  See ya soon !!!

 

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

 

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