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Tylosema esculentum
« on: October 08, 2017, 01:15:20 AM »
A friend managed to germinate some Tylosema esculentum. Edible bean/nut and root. Anyone heard of it?

"The seeds have a protein content around 30% (approaching that of the soya bean) and an oil content around 40% (approaching that of the peanut)[301
The immature seeds and stems may be eaten cooked as a vegetable or in soups[299
A coffee-like beverage can be made from the seeds[317

An edible oil is obtained from the seed[301
]. Similar to almond oil in consistency and taste[299
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]. Golden-yellow, with a nutty odour and a pleasant, although slightly bitter flavour[299

Tuber - cooked. The sweet-tasting tuber can be baked, boiled or roasted[301
, 317
]. Young tubers have a sweet and pleasant taste and the texture has been described as similar to that of artichoke[299
]. Tubers older than 2 years become fibrous and bitter and are usually not eaten, but they are an important emergency source of water for humans and animals"
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Re: Tylosema esculentum
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2017, 01:59:45 PM »
Thanks for the introduction. Looks like it would do well in Baja. Possibly good ground cover too. Unfortunately no information of its potential as an invasive species in new areas.


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Re: Tylosema esculentum
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2017, 01:32:00 PM »
I have grown it,  it seemed sensitive to too much moisture and humidity. It died back to the root then came back again.  I would have to check up on the status again.
Grow mainly fruits, vegetables, and herbs.


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