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Promagranate season in Kilome

January 28, 2013 Leave a comment

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Otherwise known as:-
Kamba – makukumanga
Sanskrit – dadima, dalim

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Chinese – seeded apple
Persian – dalim
French – Grenade

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Italian – melograno
Thailand – tab tim

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…at times used to decorate foods in palaces

Uses
a) local & commercial
b) spiritual

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Now easily accessible from local roadside fresh food stands in kilome hills.

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Text & Images
©Muoki Kioko 2009-2013
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Kukumanga(Kamba), Dhalum(swahili) in Kilome

April 1, 2012 3 comments

Over the last 20+ years, I kept hearing of ‘kukumanga’ fruit as a high sexual stimulant especially amongst the Akamba community. I’ve finally come accross it in Kilome hill’s. Does it work? Let our sisters of central province tell us after giving their unperforming husbands(sic). Meanwhile the Kamba’s are said to know their duty[lol:)] One glass of it’s juice is said to cost 200/=

kukumanga, fruit of asia, five fruits of israel, medicine, tannin, elite fruit

kukumanga, fruit of asia, five fruits of israel, medicine, tannin, elite fruit

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Introduced to Kilome by Missionaries who set up Kenya’s first missionary center there. Parents plant it(sic) and happily feed their children with it, women are all too happy selling them to children. One father forbed me touching any of the bushes(trees) near my place saying his daughter eats the fruit! (I thought I was clearing a thorny bush).

kukumanga in the market

kukumanga in the market

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Promagranate/Pomegranet – from pomme garnete ie “seeded apple” or chinease apple”
Thought to be the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden for the obvious results(above or ref: -more detail here). It’s origins traced to Asia (Himalayas to Iran) and considered as one of the ‘fruits of Israel’. Featured in Old testament (Deut 8: 6-8)and Egyptian Mythology. Carried accross deserts for it’s thirst quenching Juice.
uses:Eaten or drank as juice fresh, used for making jellies, in cold & hot sauces or to flavor cakes. Syrup sold as grenadine(commercially), juice also made into wine and fruit used as a decorate in fruit baskets amoungst the elite.

Medical uses: juice yields citric acid & sodium citrate used for pharmacetical purposes. Juice also considered beneficial in cases of leprosy. Bark & roots contain alkaloids like iso pelletierine that are active against tapeworms(overdose known to produce muscular weaknesses). Bark, leaves, immature fruit & fruit rind given as astringents to halt diarrhea, dysentery and hemorrhages.
Other uses: Both tree and root barks contain 10-28 percent tannin content that’s used in leather tannin. Rind and flowers yield dyes for textiles, while the straight stems are hardwoods used in the making of walking sticks and crafts.

Other names:
Sanskrit – dadima, dalim
Persian – dalim
French – Grenade
Italian – melograno
Thailand – tab tim

Text & Images
©Muoki Kioko 2009-2012

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