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The wild spiny aubergine hunt

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Preparing to leave after our stay at the Hilton. David is tying the presses to the car roof so the specimens can dry in the sun.


I am worried our specimens are not drying fast enough. The plant dryer has been running at nights but this is not good enough to dry everything in the rainy season. All the cardboards and presses we brought are full of specimens, and if they do not dry in the next few days they might start becoming mouldy. Today looked like it might be sunny and David tied the presses to the roof of the car so the air would blow through the holes in the sides of the cardboard, drying out the plants between the cardboard. It was a nice day on the road, stopping every now and again to see what is growing nearby. Frank has done a lot of ethnobotanical work in Tanzania and knows what is safe to eat. We have been trying a few new plant species every day. Most of them are sour or strange-tasting. Today’s Cordia sinensis is my favourite so far, it has a sweet and refreshing taste.



Cordia sinensis is an important food source for the hunter gatherer bushmen living in western Tanzania. We tried the berries and they are really sweet.



Member since: Mar 18, 2010

I'm Maria Vorontsova from the Botany Department. Join me as I head to Tanzania and Kenya to hunt for wild spiny aubergines. I'm looking forward to an interesting journey, some interesting company and some interesting finds.

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