Similarities with (Albizia
Salwa mucha, Tawla mucha (Amargna)
Small gum tree (?).
preparation methods and palatability
is edible. The resin is available in some years and not in others, i.e.
unpredictable, unreliable wild food source. By the time of the visit to Arba
Zekuar in Belessa
North Gonder, there was plenty of resin available in February 2001.
The resin is either bled by scratching the bark of the tree (see photo
below), or is just picked off the bark and eaten on the spot. People commented
that it frequently produces diarrhoea. Mostly children and shepherds collect and
eat the resin of this tree species while they are out with their animals for
Found in lowlands
of the Tekeze River water shed.
seeds and wildlings.
Kebele, Zequala Woreda (Wag Hamra), (2) Arba Zekuar, Belessa Woreda (North
Leaves are eaten by domestic animals
and the gum can also be eaten by goats.
Detail of the
bark with dark brown-reddish resin on it
in the Tekeze River lowlands (Photo by Anna Barnett, Ethiopian Venture
Leaves and seed pods
Farmer in Arba Zekuar eating resin and freshly
collected resin ready for consumption