Encephalartos caffer Miq. Cycadaceae (Zamiaceae). HOTTENTOT
BREAD-FRUIT. KAFFIR BREAD.
The interior of the trunk and the center of the ripe female
cones contain a spongy, farinaceous pith, made use of by the Kaffirs as
food. On the female cone, seeds as large as unshelled Jordan almonds
are contained between the scales, and are surrounded with a reddish
pulp, which is good to eat. Barrow says it is used by the Kaffirs as food.
The stem, when stripped of its leaves, resembles a large pineapple. The
Kaffirs bury it for some months in the ground, then pound it, and
Extract a quantity of farinaceous matter of the nature of sago. This sago
is a favorite food with the natives and is not unacceptable to the Dutch
settlers when better food cannot be had.
Enhalus koenigii Rich. Hydrocharitaceae. SEA FRUIT.
The fruits are called berak laut, or sea fruit. The seeds are
slightly farinaceous and taste like chestnuts soaked in salt water. This
fruit is round, hairy and generally much covered with mud.
Entada scandens Benth. Leguminosae. SWORD BEAN.
Tropical shores from India to the Polynesian Islands.
The seeds are flat
and brown and are eaten cooked like chestnuts in Sumatra and Java,
and the pods furnish food in the West Indies. In Jamaica, Lunan says
the beans, after being long soaked in water, are boiled and eaten by
E. wahlbergia Harv.
In central Africa, the bitter roots are eaten.
Enteromorpha compressa (Linn.) Grev. Algae.
This is one of the
Edible seaweeds of Japan.
Enydra paludosa DC. Compositae.
East Indies, Malay and Australia.
The leaves of this water plant are
Eaten by the natives as a vegetable. It is the kingeka of Bengal.