The next time you visit Livingstone in Zambia, explore the unique tropical fruits that this part of the world has to offer. For fruit lovers, it will be a memorable pursuit. Well, I selected ten common African fruits that one can easily find in Livingstone. Get ready with your fruity taste buds as you read on and most importantly look out for these fruits and their trees the next time you visit Zambia especially Livingstone.
Mubuyu is a hard elongated bell-shelled fruit with a smooth brown-to-green velvet surface. When this fruit ripens it can be cracked open to reveal numerous seeds covered in a cream white powder. This fruit comes from a large Baobab tree which is often referred to as the upside-down tree due to the root-like appearance of its branches. Mubuyu tastes a little bit like cream-of-tartar and its dry seeds can be sucked like candy or soaked to make some fruit juice. You can find this fruit at nearly all the local markets in Livingstone especially at Maramba Market and Dambwa Central Market.
Musika is a pod-like finger shaped fruit that has a tangy taste of sweet and sour. It has brown seeds coated with the pulp that holds the flavor of this fruit. Its trees are easily found in Livingstone and you can also find this fruit at the markets in Livingstone. You can also soak shelled out Musika in water to make some fruit juice out of it.
Monso-Monso is a fleshy juicy brown seeded fruit. It is a very filling fruit as it has more chewable flesh than its seed. On a sunny day in Livingstone, Monso-monso would be an ideal thirst quenching fruit.
Muchenje is a grapes-like yellow fruit that is common in Livingstone. It has brown seeds and has a pleasant fruity aroma . It is the monkey's favorite fruit. Its trees are commonly found at the Victoria Falls and game park surrounding woods in Livingstone. When Muchenje is in season, you can find it at nearly all the markets in Livingstone.
Mahuluhulu is a hard rind fruit that has luscious seeded flesh and it has a shape and size of a small bowling ball. When fully ripe, it turns yellow outwards and has brown sweet juicy pulp inside . You will have to gently crack it with a hummer or make a hole in it and pour out the juice or suck the juice from each lamp you put in your mouth. Its trees can be found almost everywhere in Livingstone, stretching from residential areas to the outer wilder lands of Livingstone. Its fruity smell is a pleasant one and it is like a blend of Watermelon and citrus flavors. One way to find out if a Mahuluhulu ripe is by shaking it and you will hear a sound. Maramba and Dambwa Central markets are places you can easily find this fruit in Livingstone.
Muzinzila is a brown tough seeded capsule shaped fruit. It can be chewed and it is its skin that holds the flavor. You will have to spit the seeds after gently chewing a good amount of it at a time. Muzinzila is sold in bunches at nearly all local markets in Livingstone. Though it is a seasonal fruit, it can be preserved and sold dry throughout the year.
Masuku is a fruit with a brown outer layer with yellowish ridged seeds inside. Though, their tresses are commonly found in Southern Province, they are hardly found in Livingstone. There are plentiful as you go Southern Province of Zambia. You can also find Masuku fruits at all Livingstone markets when it is in season.
Musekeseke is a coffee brown dry flat pod fruit that you can easily find at the markets in Livingstone. The monkeys and baboons that inhabit the Livingstone wilderness also like eating Musekeseke. Its trees are also common in the outskirts of Livingstone. Though this fruit may not easily be found at the markets it still remains prominent fruit to the local people of Livingstone. Young adventurous boys climb Musekeseke trees to pick the fruits but most of the times they use stones to aim at the them.
Muzauli also known as Mushibi is a scarlet capsule seeded fruit. Its trees are tough decidius trees that are common in Livingstone. Muzauli can be eaten like candy though it dose not have as sweet taste . It can also be soaked and then added to porridge or eaten just by itself. Its oily natural flavor makes it a unique fruit. You will not find Muzauli at the market but you will certainly come across its trees in Livingstone.
Munego is a greenish-brown hard fruits that. The trees are not that common in Livingstone but the fruits from the wilderness found their way to the local markets when you chew this fruit it becomes slummy yet sweet. First you split it open to remove the seeds. Size of an American quarter. Seeds with a pleasant scent cue ball for pool game
I hope you found this information educative. The next time you go to Livingstone, don't forget to lookout for these unique exotic tropical fruits.
The author is originally from Livinsgtone, Zambia, Africa. He is an ardent scholar of many fields of study.
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