The plant is an erect stalk
with many indentations being extensions of stem. Flowers are yellow and
small. The plant is growing up to 30cm high.
preparation methods and palatability
Leaves and stalks are edible. The
species is considered a typical famine food and is eaten by everybody in
times of food shortage. Destitute people ('those with nothing better to
do') are collecting and consuming the plant whenever it is available. The
plant grows from July to September and the plant becomes available from
July onwards. Women and children collect the plant. The leaves and the
stalks are being chopped and boiled in salted water for about one hour.
If available, spices and pepper can be added for the taste. Heavy consumption
of this plant can cause headaches. Domestic animals are consuming this
food as well, e.g. dogs, chicken etc.
Grows in highland
areas (where the sample was found) but may also grow in other agroecological
propagates by ...
Birhan, Jana Mora Woreda, North Gonder.
There is traditional aspect to the
species that defines it a typical food of the poor and destitute. People
quarreling may call each other 'wozbechari', the one who has to dig with
his hands for 'wozber'.
(Photo by Anna Barnett, Ethiopian Venture) in Jana Mora Woreda, North Gonder
plants (Photo by Anna Barnett, Ethiopian Venture) ) in Jana Mora Woreda,