Traditional Food Plants of Kenya

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Traditional Food Plants of Kenya describes wild and domesticated plants that are traditionally consumed in Kenya.

List of Species by Family

Acanthus Family (Acanthaceae)

Amaranth Family (Amaranthaceae)

Cashew or Sumac Family (Anacardiaceae)

Custard Apple Family (Annonaceae)

Dogbane Family (Apocynaceae)

Palm Family (Arecaceae or Palmae)

Aster Family (Asteraceae)

Torchwood Family (Balanitaceae)

Basellaceae Family

  • Basella alba - Vine spinach, Indian spinach, Ceylon spinach, Malabar spinach

Trumpet Creeper Family (Bignoniaceae)

Borage Family (Boraginaceae)

Cabbage Family (Brassicaceae)

Frankincense and Myrrh family (Burseraceae)

Bellflower Family (Campanulaceae)

Caper Family (Capparaceae)

Bittersweet Family (Celastraceae)

Chrysobalanaceae Family

Clusiaceae Family

Dayflower Family (Commelinaceae)

Morning Glory Family (Convolvulaceae)

Cucurbit Family (Cucurbitaceae)

Sedge Family (Cyperaceae)

Yam Family (Dioscoreaceae)

Ebony and Persimmon Family (Ebenaceae)

Spurge Family (Euphorbiaceae)

Grass Family (Gramineae)

Hydnoraceae Family

Mint Family (Lamiaceae)

Legume Family (Fabaceae or Leguminosae)

Loganiaceae Family

Mallow Family (Malvaceae)

Mulberry or Fig Family (Moraceae)

Moringaceae Family

Myrtle Family (Myrtaceae)

Water Lily Family (Nymphaeaceae)

Olacaceae Family

Sesame Family (Pedaliaceae)

Buckwheat Family (Polygonaceae)

Purslane Family (Portulacaceae)

Buckthorn Family (Rhamnaceae)

Rose Family (Rosaceae)

Coffee Family (Rubiaceae)

Citrus Family (Rutaceae)

Salicaceae Family

Salvadoraceae Family

Soapberry Family (Sapindaceae)

Sapotaceae Family

Nightshade Family (Solanaceae]

Tiliaceae Family

Nettle Family (Urticaceae)

Verbena Family (Verbenaceae)

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