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Common Name: SOUR FIG - YELLOW
Scientific Name: Carpobrotus edulis
Alternative Names: Hotnotsvy, Suurvy, Perdevy (Afr), ghaukum (Khoi)

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Carpobrotus edulis
Carpobrotus edulis


  • Perennial
  • Sourfig is indigenous to the Western Cape Province in South Africa.
  • Today it is grown all over the world.
  • It is a fleshy, succulent mat-like creeper bearing large yellow fowers folowed by conical, reddish-brown, fleshy fruit capsules.
  • Is draught tolerant and will do wel in sun or partial shade.

Culinary Uses

  • The ripe fruit contains an edible slimy pulp with shiny brown seeds.
  • The base of the fruit is bitten off and the sweet-sour pulp is sucked out.
  • The ripe fruit is cooked in syrup and called sour fig jam - a delicacy in the Cape
  • Add the fruit to curry dishes.
  • Is also used in oriental cooking.

Parts Used

  • Leaves, flowers and fruit

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Leaf pulp and -juice contains tannins
  • Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Anti-fungal
  • Vasoconstricter effect -reduce fluid loss from wounds and burns
  • Enhance tissue regeneration
  • Apply pulp/juice: eczema, wounds, burns and to stop bleeding
  • Gargle - infections mouth/ throat
  • Treat ear/tooth ache and oral and vaginal thrush
  • Chew and swallow juice to treat mouth/stomach ulcers, dysentery, digestive troubles, diarrhea, tuberculosis, diuretic and styptic
  • Rub juice against a babies gums when teething.
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