Ziziphus mauritiana / Masau (Sh)
The masau is a tropical fruit tree species. Though not indigenous, it has widely naturalised in southern Africa and is found throughout Zimbabwe.
The fruits are rich in vitamin C and can be made into fruit powder, fruit slices, juice and jam for the local market. They are well-known as the basis for a traditional distilled alcoholic beverage called kachasu.
What is harvested – Harvesting time: The fruits are collected during the dry season from May to August.
Average yield: Trees yield 80 to 100 kg of fresh fruit/year when the trees are in their prime bearing age of 10–20 years.