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Title: Ethno-Botanical Uses of Ugandan edible wild fruit species

Date Published: 2017
Author/s: Christine O. Onen1, Hannington Oryem-Origa
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Journal Publisher: Environment, Earth and Ecology
Affiliation: Gulu University, P.0 Box 166, Gulu University, +0471 Gulu, Uganda
2 Makerere University, Wandegeya, Makerere, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda
Keywords: Conservation, uses, Edible wild fruit trees


Edible wild fruit tree species are known to provide enormous products and services to several rural
communities worldwide. Products derived from such edible wild fruit tree species and related
conservation issues are not adequately documented. The objectives of this study were to document
the uses/products derived from five most preferred edible wild fruit tree species of Gulu district; how
their products are harvested; how they are locally managed; if there are any constraints to cultivation
and local strategies for conservation. The five edible wild fruit species used in this study (Vitellaria
paradoxa Gaertn, Vitex doniana Sweet, Borassus aethiopum Mart, Tamarindus indica L. and Annona
senegalensis Oliv.) were earlier identified from household heads in Gulu district as most preferred.
Data on these were collected using questionnaires, interview guides, field visits, home observation
and photography. The main uses and products which were established included fruits, fuel-wood,
charcoal, medicinal, timber among others. Modes of harvests varied with each product. No
management system was in place for any fruit tree species. Wild fruits have several products not yet
documented. Willingness to cultivate these fruit trees is low. It is, therefore, important to raise
awareness on the demises of mismanaging these tree species, set and implement adequate
conservation measures.