Fruit, juice, beer, jam, flavourings, medicinals, shade, caterpillars, handicrafts, fuelwood and more … all from the marula tree! This versatile member of the mango family grows on open savanna grasslands* across southern Africa, in Namibia and South Africa (and also, Botswana, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe). The marula tree (Sclerocarya birrea) often towers some 15 m above the surrounding landscape, a beacon of shade in a hot, dry land. It bears huge amounts of juicy fruits, providing a vital source of nutrients for many species, from people right down to the insects and fungi that consume whatever remains uncollected on the ground.
In: Riches from the forest; food, crafts, spices and medicines. CIFOR.