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Yeheb Nut/Yebnut

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Linton starts with ...
Help wanted to import Yeheb seeds - Cordeauxia edulis

Also known locally as Ethiopian Peanut Tree, these should be a good plant to grow here if they could be imported. They are approved species by Aqis but the problem is getting them sent from Ethiopa as I need to get a permit from the government there to export these seeds.

The application for permission requires my project details, methodology and expected outcome ( for the benefit of Ethiopia) like if I was doing research on them. And I should also have a letter from my organization which I don't have as I am just an individual wanting to grow them.

Any suggestions at all that would assist in getting approval please let me know as soon as possible as I have the seeds waiting to be sent. Thanks.
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Linton
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Laisla says...
Could you visit Ethiopia and take some seeds?
I wanted to get the 'Aji Dulce' ( a type of sweet chili) and Culantro from Cuba. I should have just brought the seeds when I lived there cause now it is so hard.
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VF says...
Laisla, Culantro is easy to get here. You'll find it commonly called Saw-Tooth Coriander, Mexican Coriander or Perenial Coriander. Have even seen it at Bunnings.
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Linton says...
Hi Laisla - about the Yeheb Nuts.

Unfortunately I couldn't guarantee that I could take the seeds out of Ethiopia if I were to go there. All genetic material is prohibited from being taken out of Ethiopia without the permission of the Ethiopian government, which means a lot of red tape to go through.

However I think I can provide them with enough information to get the permit, except for one thing. I need to send a letter from a sponsor like an institution or organisation verifying that I want to conduct some trials on the plants.

If I could find some place prepared to provide a letter I should be able to get the seeds.

Cheers.



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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Just swallow a few before you get on the plane.. that's what a lot of desperate travellers do.
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VF says...
Linton, a couple of things spring to mind: Burnley College (of Horticulture), even Diggers Club. Perhaps with the right game plan and presentation you may get one as your sponsor.
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Linton says...
Getting back to the Yeheb Nuts - Thanks for the tips, I hadnít thought of those places.
I thought Burnley College would be a good possibility but it doesnít exist any more as a separate entity since itís been swallowed up by Melbourne University. I tried Melbourne Uni, but they seem nervous about being liable in case something goes wrong.

Not so keen to try Diggers as I get the feeling from the Ethiopian officials that there shouldnít be any commercial interests by the sponsor.

This Yeheb Nut is highly interesting as a possible food crop in the face of Global warming as it only grows in the arid desert regions of Ethiopia and Somalia where it is used as a staple food by the locals. Now it is listed as endangered due to grazing and land use and is unable to regenerate, another reason why more should be done to preserve it.

So thatís what Iíve been trying to tell them, and that we should be allowed to grow the seeds domestically.
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VF says...
Shame about Burnley. Maybe there is a sustainable gardening group that may be of help.
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Jantina says...
Good thinking VF. Linton how about a seed savers group or local permaculture group.
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Jantina says...
For a project how about trialling the results of various fertilizers on growth rates and fruiting times? The results could be of benefit to the Ethiopians since they need to grow more food.
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Laisla says...
Sometimes you cant do everything by the book. Taking sterile seeds out in your underwear doesnt hurt anyone (apart from you, depending on their size!)
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chaniebiot says...
hallo, the information about yeheb nut isnot clear. would you add some jestification about it, please?

thanks!!
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12th December 2012 2:29am
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Linton says...
Dear chaniebiot

What information do you need clarified about the Yeheb nut? Are you in Ethiopia? If so, perhaps you can help me get approval to export from the Institute of Biodiversity Conservation in Addis Abbaba.

I think you might know about this species which is growing in the remote desert regions near Harar, about 500km from Addis Abbaba on the road towards Somali. And another 100km further on this tree is growing wild near the town of Jijiga, where there is a research station also owned by the institute.

Jantina, yes I am trying the permaculture groups now following your good suggestion. Don't worry about the trials I am proposing,all that is sorted out in my submission to Ethiopia. I have fulfilled all their requirements except for one thing, I don't have a sponsor organisation.
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Speedy says...
I looked into trying to get some Yeheb seeds imported a few years ago.
Had no luck, but there's a woman in Scandinavia? somewhere (can't remember now) who did her thesis on Yeheb germination and tolerance to dessication or something like that.
she must've gone through the process of obtained seed to carry out the trials.
She'd be worth tracking down and talking with I reckon.
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Speedy says...
Yes here it is.

Desiccation tolerance of yeheb (Cordeauxia edulis Hemsl.) seeds

http://ex-epsilon.slu.se:8080/archive/00002187/

Probably worth a look.
I'll be interested to see how you go.
and I'm still interested in getting some myself.
If you do , maybe we can do a swap...
You need any Argania spinosa seed? ;-)
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Linton says...
Hi Speedy

thanks for the info but it doesn't help me as that woman was doing a phd. If I was at uni too I wouldn't have any problem getting permission to export them from Ethiopia.

For private individuals, even if they want to do some independant research, it's very difficult to get the permit. So it's a real pain because my friend in Addis Abbaba who went to all the trouble of getting the seeds for me now has them sitting in a bag in his home and we can't do anything unless I can find some organisation to sponsor me.
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Jamaal says...
I kind of ask myself from time to time 'why the Yeeb nut (Yicib in Somali), which tastes so much better than any other nut in the world, is not a better known snack or spread (like peanut butter) around the world. That is how I found your post. Here in the USA peanuts, cashews, pistachios which pale in comparison to a roasted YEEB are a multi billion dollar industry. I mean nothing comes close to the Yeheb nuts. This has the potential to change the world market of nuts.
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Linton says...
I agree with your sentiments Jamaal about the merits of the Yeheb Nut and it is a truly valuable food source.

There has been a little bit of research on the commercial cultivation of Yeheb nuts as a potential future world food crop. I believe there have been trial farms for it in Kenya and Israel but that was a good few years ago and nothing seems to have eventuated.

I did a lot of work trying to get Yeheb Nut seeds sent from Ethiopia previously, but the government there would not allow it without a permit and in the end had to give up due to all the red tape. Do you know where else I might be able to obtain seeds? Perhaps you have some contacts in Somali that could send them. Please let me know if you have a source for this interesting species. Thank you.
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abdin says...
Hi Linton,
I am interested in commercialization of the Yeheb. I do have some Yeheb nut ( although roasted) that I can share. Let me know if that would help. Thanks.
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Linton says...
Dear Abdin how you going. Thanks for your offer and it would be interesting to taste some roasted yeheb nuts because I have never tried them. However it does not help me in trying to grow this species as I really need fresh seeds for that. But it still appears almost impossibe to source them from Ethiopia or Somalia.

Cordeauxia edulis remains on the brink of extinction in their native habitat due to overgrazing in those countries. However I believe that the trials are slowly continuing to research Cordeauxia edulis as a potential world food crop which should ensure it's survival in the long term. Significant numbers have been planted at a large farm just outside of Mogadishu but seeds are not permitted to be taken to other areas for cultivation so the availability is still being strictly controlled.

Perhaps one day in the future we might see fresh Yeheb nuts here on our tables. Cheers!
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Jaya79 says...
Many years ago now, but how did you go in the end? I would have thought your nearest Botanical gardens would be the appropriate organisation -especially if you were to share seed with them. They'd be falling over themselves to help you out, I'd imagine. If it all came to nought, perhaps you could try again via Botanical Gardens around the place.
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