Moringa stenopetala (Bak.) Cuf.
'Wocheletcha' is a tree species growing
up to 10 - 15m of height (see pictures below). The fruits are the size
of a feast, look like lemons and are of yellow colour when ripe.
preparation methods and palatability
The fruits are edible. The fruits
are said to be consumed by everybody in normal times and during food shortage
periods. To eat the fruits the skin is removed and the kernel is not eaten
either. Fruits ripen just before the difficult time starts in April/May
and this coincides with the normal food shortage or most difficult time
of the year. Hence the fruits are always a welcomed addition in the daily
diet of this time of the year.
Grows in mid- and lowland bushland.
Farmers in Bedessa do not grow it on-farm because there are still enough
wild species in the bush surrounding the farms.
Propagates by seed and wildlings.
Bedessa Woreda (North Omo)