Learn about the fruits and flowers of the Lowveld
The Lowveld's rainy season is about to start and with the rain coming, it means that the flower and fruiting season is upon us. EcoTraining's David Havemann speaks to us about some of the Lowveld trees and the various flavours associated with them.
If you love plants and flowers, we have a wonderful Flora Friday Series on our YouTube Channel if you are interested in learning more about different trees, grasses, sedges and their flowers. But in the meantime, here is an awesome video with Instructor Mike Anderson as he shows us step by step how Marula Beer, of course, made the traditional way!
The scientific name of the Marula is Sclerocarya birrea which translated from Ancient Greek means, “hard nut”, this is referring to the hard stone-like seed inside the fleshy fruit. This is a medium-sized deciduous tree, indigenous to the miombo woodlands of southern Africa, the Sudano-Sahelian range of West Africa, and Madagascar. This tree is loved by most of the wildlife that comes across it, but especially by elephants as you can see below.
The fruit of a Marula is extremely high in vitamin C, containing eight times more of it than an orange so we can definitely see why the elephants love them so much.