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Important indigenous plants used in the Transkei as food supplements

A. S. Wehmeyer, Elizabeth F. Rose
Bothalia | Vol 14, No 3/4 | a1217 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v14i3/4.1217 | © 1983 A. S. Wehmeyer, Elizabeth F. Rose | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 November 1983 | Published: 06 November 1983

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A. S. Wehmeyer, National Food Research Institute, CSIR, South Africa
Elizabeth F. Rose, Cancer Registry, Medical Research Council,, South Africa

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Despite the fact that there is a tendency to rely more and more on foods which can be purchased at stores, the indigenous edible plants or veld foods play a significant role in the diet of the people living in the rural areas of the Transkei.

Although more work is required to gather and prepare veld foods, they can be an important and inexpensive source of macronutrients — carbohydrates, fats and protein — and also micronutrients such as minerals and vitamins.

Some of the more commonly-used plants such as  Sonchus asper, Chenopodium album, Centella coriacea, Galinsoga parviflora, Urtica urens and Solanum nigrum are discussed and nutrient composition given. The names of a few plants which should rather be avoided, are also given.

Many of these edible plants are also regarded as weeds and. instead of eradicating them, their cultivation should perhaps be encouraged.


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