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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Marula the Fruit that gets Elephants Drunk

The South African marula fruit is instilled with traditional African fruit flavor and African folklore. 

South African marula fruit Most well known as the fruit that elephant’s eat to get tipsy, when ripe marula fruit drops to the ground it becomes deliciously fermented. Marula fruit apparently has intoxicating effect when consumed in large quantities by large mammals such as elephants. Elephants can eat between 400-700 marula fruit a day and if young elephant eat nothing else this can lead to tipsy behavior.

Marula is a much loved fruit in the grasslands of AfricaMarula is a much loved fruit in the grasslands of Eastern and Southern Africa. The fruits can be found from Ethiopia to Southern Africa’s’ Kwazulu-Natal. The Marula fruit is juicy and sweet-smelling and is the size of a small plum. The fruit may be eaten fresh or cooked into jam, juices and alcoholic beverages; the flesh is very high vitamin C.

Humans enjoy marula fruit as well in the form of cream liqueur. Amarula is a cream liqueur from South Africa made with sugar, cream and the fruit of the African marula tree. One popular recipe is Amarula Brown Elephant:

South African Amarula Brown Elephant Recipe
2 ounces Amarula Cream
1/3 cup whole milk

1/3 cup Coca-Cola

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