Why are Sclerocarya birrea considered distinctive?

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ako6777 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Sclerocarya Birres, which means hard nut, is a tree native to Africa.  These trees spread through Africa as the Bantu migrated.  The fruit from this tree has historically been a staple of their diet. The fruits of this tree are yellow in color and contain high amounts of vitamin C.  Their taste is tart. Inside each fruit is a stone which houses the seeds of the tree.  These seeds are highly sought after. The tree produce a fruit that is used in a native African liqueur and in beer brewing. The tree has several medicinal uses.  It is used by medicine men to treat diarrhea, dysentery, rheumatism, and malaria. 

giorgiana1976 | Student

Marula (Sclerocarya birrea) is a medium-sized tree, found in southern and western Africa. It is nothing special yet. Only that the fruit it makes are special  because they contain alcohol. Yellow fruit is flavored and very pleasant to taste and it is known as the Amarula fruit. People use it to manufacture alcoholic beverages. Fruits may be eaten only when they are very ripe. In their composition, they are containing about 17% alcohol, but when they are too ripe and they are falling from tree, they are already fermented and the alcohol content is even greater.

The distinctive aspect is that all animals from the nearby, which are eating the fruit, are becoming dizzy from the alcohol content of fruit.

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