Schinziophyton rautanenii (Manketti,
mongongo [Herero, !Kung San]; Manketti,
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Schinziophyton rautanenii, by road from
Hwange Nature Reserve to main Vic Falls / Bulawayo Rd, Matetsi Safari
Area, Zimbabwe. [photo Bart Wursten ©, Flora of Zimbabwe]
Schinziophyton rautanenii, dirt road to
Bovu Island about 2 km from main road, Zambia. [photo Bart Wursten ©, Flora of Zimbabwe]
Schinziophyton rautanenii, near 'Save the
Nation Store' by the main Bulawayo - Vic Falls Road, Zimbabwe. [photo
Bart Wursten ©, Flora of Zimbabwe]
Native to N Botswana, N Namibia, SE Angola, W
Zimbabwe, N Mozambique and marginally into South Africa, along the Botswana
border. Has egg-shaped velvety fruit consisting of a thin fleshy layer around a
thick, hard shell containing a nut. Both fruit and nut are edible and nutritious
and have the advantage of being available for most of the year.
- The pulp of the fruit is eaten. Preparation involves
first steaming the dried-out fruit to soften the skin and remove it. The
pealed fruit is cooked in water until the maroon-coloured flesh separates
from the nut. The flesh is then eaten.
- Nuts derived from fruit production are roasted,
cracked open, and eaten.
- Shelled nuts are also pounded up and used in various
- Oil from the nuts is used as a body rub to clean and
moisten the skin, especially in the dry winter months.
van Wyk, B.-E. & Gericke, N. 2000. People's
Plants. A Guide to Useful Plants of Southern Africa. Briza Publications,