Ube mgba (Canarium) which is popularly known as African elemi, Atili, kenari or mbani is a tropical ftuit that is highly beneficial to human
. Ube mgba (canarium) is a small bluish purple drupe hard edible fruit with a solid seed.
This fruits canarium, has similar features with the native pear decryodes edulis.
Canarium is more harder and requires intense process to get softened.
Ripe ones are picked from the tree and soaked in warm water then left for two to three days to soften before consumption.
On like the native pear( Dacryodes edulis), it can be soften immediately by either putting it in the mouth, soaking it in hot water or roasting for few minutes
Benefits of ube mgba Canarium
The nutritional potential of ube mgba (canarium) are crude fat and protein,fiber,carbohydrate,phosphorus and sodium. It also has tannins(240mg/100g).
Ube mgba is an edible fruit that can be consumed raw but preferably softened in warm water to boost the taste.
It can be used as an ingredient for preparing dishes, can also be cooked and processed into a fruity butter that can serve as a shea butter substitute.
The resins serve as emollient, which is effective for treating skin infections such as eczema, skin rashes, prickly heat.
The seeds can be used for ornamental purposes such as making necklaces, bangles and costumes and making local instruments.
Treatment of Cough
The leaves can be squeezed and used alone or combined with other herbs for treating coughs and cold.
The resins can be used to repel mosquitoes.
Ube mgba oil usage.
The oil gotten from ube mgba can be use to cook in some part of Nigeria.
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