@Regrann from @opefarms - Still on Thaumatococcus_daniellii
So, the name was shortened to T-danielli, just when I got use to calling it Thaumatococcus_daniellii and loving it too. 😊
The sensitization for #T-danielli was held at FRIN ( #forestryresearchinstituteofnigeria ) Do you know it is 3,000 times sweeter than sugar? Did that catch your attention? 💚💚💚 The long story cut short is that we need to leave the cultivar with the green vein for 2/3 years to be able to harvest the rhizomes. The one with black vein does not give the rhizomes that we need.
To think the awareness went beyond T-danielli, you cannot believe that in passing one of our hosts a very jovial man mentioned africanwalnut bread and curiosity took over. Lo and behold FRIN has a bakery that makes this lovely walnut bread and also coconut bread with 30% input. Walnut is anti-aging, full of Antioxidants and has freeradicals.
While trying to get to the bakery, we stumbled on locustbeans making unit. Yes, they also make fermented Locust beans, we were privileged to see how it's made. Sometimes I wonder how people figured out some of these things. Locust beans is boiled in a big iron pot for 6/7 hours with firewood at first instance before curing, fermentation and more. We had to pass through the wood workshop, another eye opener. With a strong emphasis on #wastetowealth
Back to T-danielli, some of the Farmers in attendance asked questions about the process, FRIN and officers from NRDI took time to answer. We visited a T-danielli farm at FRIN. The Chairman of OYGADEP then rounded up the session thanking our hosts for the event. T-danielli grows very well in only 5 states of the 36 states and it will be grown in clusters in Oyo, Ondo, Osun, Akwa-Ibom. Very soon, we shall be calling all #womeninorganicagriculture to join the cluster. There is a lot to leverage on at this time....... So many opportunities abound. The Minister for Agriculture also visited FRIN recently to see for himself.
Oh I loved the setting of FRIN. Every farm should have a layout with every tree an crop labeled. FRIN showed the way it should be, very nice.
#locustbeans #walnutbread # coconutbread
#timewellspent #natural #c