Chennette is a slow-growing, evergreen fruit tree that can reach 18 – 25 metres in height. It should be planted prior the rainy season in a fertile, well-drained soil in full sunlight. The stem grows upright but is slightly angled, usually 30 – 60 cm in diameter. Trees have a dense, round crown which can produce fruit in 4 – 5 years. The fruit is a round, green drupe containing a large, single seed and peach-coloured gelatinous pulp. It is generally eaten raw when ripe as it is quite juicy and sweet with a slightly tangy flavour. Chennette fruits bear from June to September and are commonly sold in bunches along the roadsides and in local markets.
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Sorrel is native to West Africa, but is also found in India where it is locally called Chukai. The young shoots and leaves are eaten either raw or as a cooked vegetable while the swollen calyces of the flowers are used in the preparation of beverages, preserves and jellies. Bast fibre can also be collected from the stem and utilized to make rope, yarn and/or textiles.
Pumpkin is a very versatile as all parts of the plant can be utilized for food. The fruit is used both fresh and processed. It can be baked, steam, boiled and processed into a powder for use in drinks and soups. The leaves and flowers are cooked and eaten and even the seeds are roasted and consumed. Pumpkins constitute a good source of vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, B and C.