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Potentials of the Underutilized Kei-apple (Dovyalis caffra L.): Beyond its Nutritional and Functional Value

Version 1 : Received: 6 December 2018 / Approved: 7 December 2018 / Online: 7 December 2018 (17:15:43 CET)

How to cite: Omotayo, A.O.; Ncama, K.; Aremu, A.O. Potentials of the Underutilized Kei-apple (Dovyalis caffra L.): Beyond its Nutritional and Functional Value. Preprints 2018, 2018120094 Omotayo, A.O.; Ncama, K.; Aremu, A.O. Potentials of the Underutilized Kei-apple (Dovyalis caffra L.): Beyond its Nutritional and Functional Value. Preprints 2018, 2018120094

Abstract

Kei-apple (Dovyalis caffra L) is an indigenous fruit tree of southern Africa. It is currently found in the dry, wooded grassland and forest edges of the arid and semi-arid regions of the world. Existing literature have mainly focused on the medicinal and nutritional as well as phytochemical characterization of Kei-apple. Thus, this review highlights beneficial economic prospects of Dovyalis caffra and its contribution to the economic prosperity. It is a drought tolerant plant with diverse uses such as income from the sale of the fruit, cultivated as a fence or to form an impenetrable hedge while the leaves are used for nutrient leaching prevention, fodder and compost making. The trunk of Dovyalis caffra serves as a good source of hard wood for fuel, house building and furniture making. It is also a good apicultural fruit tree and an excellent habitat and fertilizer derivation agent for farming activities. Considering the multidimensional effect of poverty and the food insecurity on many rural communities globally, there is a need to explore the potentials by encouraging the cultivation of Dovyalis caffra to assist with reducing unemployment, food insecurity and income-poverty problems in the arid and semi-arid areas of the world.

Subject Areas

economic sustainability; environment conservation; food security; income diversity; indigenous fruit.

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