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Sausage fruit (Kigelia africana)

Again, not indigenous to the Cederberg, but Kigelia trees are a fairly popular garden subject, and there are a number of large, established trees around. We have them growing in our garden for the medicinal value. The Sausage Fruit tree is quite unforgettable, having huge red flowers that look like lips, and enormous fruit that grow up to a metre in size! Even though the green fruit is toxic to eat, the roasted fruit is traditionally taken for a variety of illnesses including epilepsy, gynaecological complaints, headache, dysentery, malaria and measles. It is also used extensively to repair damaged skin and sores, including skin cancer and psoriasis. We use Kigelia in our Uplifting Moisturiser and Rejuvenation Balm.