plant. Sowing in June, July. Harvest in September. The plant is semi-domesticated.
preparation methods and palatability
Seeds are edible. The seeds have to
be threshed sifted and ground. The obtained flour can be used to bake flat
bread' locally named 'kita', for injera preparation and for Abyssinian
porridge. All the family members contribute to the planting and the harvest
of the crop.
Found in lowlands.
seeds, seedlings and wildlings.
Kebele, Zequala Woreda (Wag Hamra)
These normally wild seeds are cultivated
because of their fast growing time. In areas where the normal harvest is
sufficient these crops are ignored and would not be harvested or even domesticated
on farm. People who have to rely on them are considered as inferior, destitute
etc. These are mostly people of Tekeze lowlands who were forced to migrate
from the highlands. The left over hay is eaten by livestock.
'Banga' seeds (Photo by Anna Barnett,
Ethiopian Venture Project)