Scientific name 

Family name

Local name(s)
Atitmiso (Agonia)

General description
It is a small tree similar to 'Mata' and 'Quetata' tree species. The fruits are hairy like the fruits of Ficus vasta and red.

Edible part(s), preparation methods and palatability
Fruits are edible. Everybody collects and consumes the fruits when available. The fruits taste very sweet.

Found in lowlands of the Tekeze River watershed.

Propagation method(s)

Sample location(s)
Siska Kebele, Zequala Woreda (Wag Hamra)

The Agonia name means 'you forget everything but the fruit', - the story goes that a woman collecting 'Atitmiso' was so absorbed she forgot to return home to her husband.

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Mata tree in the Tekeze River lowlands

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ranch with fruits and flowers  (Photos by Anna Barnett, Ethiopian Venture Project)