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Gynandropsis pentaphylla.

Botanical name:

Gynandropsis pentaphylla DC. Capparideae.

Cosmopolitan tropics. This plant is a well-known esculent in the Upper Nile and throughout equatorial Africa as far as the Congo. In India, the leaves are eaten by the natives, and the seeds are used as a substitute for mustard and yield a good oil. In Jamaica, it is considered a wholesome plant but, from its being a little bitterish, requires repeated boilings to make it palatable.


Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World, 1919, was edited by U. P. Hedrick.



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