|Title||Local processing and nutritional composition of indigenous fruits : The case of monkey orange (Strychnos spp.) from Southern Africa|
|Author(s)||Ngadze, Ruth T.; Linnemann, Anita R.; Nyanga, Loveness K.; Fogliano, Vincenzo; Verkerk, Ruud|
|Source||Food Reviews International 33 (2017)2. - ISSN 8755-9129 - p. 123 - 142.|
Food Quality and Design
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||Sensory properties - Strychnos cocculoides - Strychnos innocua - Strychnos pungens - Strychnos spinose|
Monkey orange (Strychnos spp.) is a widely distributed fruit species in Southern Africa commonly consumed by the local population. It has potential to improve the nutritional status of rural populations, being a precious food source in areas with periodic shortages, since it is rich in vitamin C, zinc, and iron. To improve the availability of this food outside its production season, processing and preservation techniques used at household level need upgrading as they are unreliable and their effects on nutritional quality are unknown. Based on this review, we recommend better indigenous fruit production as a sustainable solution to malnutrition in rural areas in transition countries.