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Marula seed

Plum sized fruit with translucent white pulp and yellow skin. Pulp is sweet-sour in flavor and highly esteemed in some parts of Africa.

Seed Availability

Seeds are now available at our seed store.

Description

Large or medium sized tree. Trees are dioecious and male and female trees are required for fruit-set. Tree is fairly adaptable, growing in a variety of woodland and scrubland biomes in its native range.

Hardiness

It is mildly hardy, surviving brief frosts.

Growing Environment

Propagation

Fruits are commonly eaten fresh or used to prepare juices and alcoholic drinks. The seed is also eaten as a nut. The fruits are also very popular with elephants, who can become inebriated after excessive consumption of them.

Native Range

Native to much of the African continent.

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Marula seed Plum sized fruit with translucent white pulp and yellow skin. Pulp is sweet-sour in flavor and highly esteemed in some parts of Africa. Seed Availability Seeds are now available

Marula / Maroela Tree – Sclerocarya Birrea ssp Caffra – Seeds – Indigenous Fruit Tree

The edible fruits and the multiple uses associated with almost all parts of the marula, make it one of southern Africa’s most valued trees. The marula is a medium-sized to large deciduous tree with an erect trunk and rounded crown. It is one of the plants that played a role in feeding people in ancient times. The marula is widespread in Africa from Ethiopia in the north to KwaZulu-Natal in the south. In South Africa it is more dominant in the Baphalaborwa area in Limpopo. It occurs naturally in various types of woodland, on sandy soil or occasionally sandy loam. The fruit is edible, eaten either fresh or made into a delicious jelly. It also makes alcoholic beer known as Mukumbi by the Vhavenda people. A marula liqueur is available commercially. The white nut is highly nutritious and is eaten as it is or mixed with vegetables. Fruit-farming communities prefer planting a couple of these trees to attract pollinators to their farm in early spring.

Please note that due to the size and weight of these seeds, they are not available for international shipping.

The edible fruits and the multiple uses associated with almost all parts of the marula, make it one of southern Africa's most valued trees. The marula is a medium-sized to large deciduous tree with an erect trunk and rounded crown. It is one of the plants that played a role in feeding people in ancient times. The mar