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Ewe eeran (Thaumatococcus daniellii)

  • Ewe eeran (Thaumatococcus daniellii)
  • Ewe eeran (Thaumatococcus daniellii)

A beautiful foliage houseplant and useful, safe food wrapper.

I would love to have one or more plants of this.

Comments (3)

  1. Grower

    The GPS Team

    Hello Bisi. As we were intrigued, we added photos of the plant as food wrapper and in its natural habitat in West Africa ... and found this interesting blog about its uses http://funke-koleosho.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/ewe-eeran-original-food-wrap.html.

    Apparently, the plant also has a fruit (miracle berry) rich in a protein used to make a sweetener called thaumatin. This is said to be 2,000 times sweeter than sugar, doesn't decay teeth and is ideal for diabetics!

    A real wonder plant!

  2. Grower

    Bisi Adebiyi

    Hi,Team,

    All true.
    The leaves can last for ages when picked if kept dry,then just emerse them in cold water. I suspect hot water must damage the waxy coating. They are great as house plants. I grew up knowing about their use as food wrapping but was not aware they bore fruit. There must be two varieties differing only in size. Does anyone know how I might get some?

    Funke Koleoso and I come from the same part of Nigeria and speak the same language. Our upbringing would be similar and we would have been exposed to the same experiences.

    Bisi..

  3. Grower

    Bisi Adebiyi

    I once saw some plants at a museum in Edinburgh-1988.
    My experience with these plants is that they are used as under planting on cocoa and kola-nut plantations,mainly a woman's crop while the men manage the main cash crop on the trees. Also the stalks are crushed along their length or split to improve flexibility so they can be used as ties for bundles of the leaves in preparation for market.

    B.


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