Bambara Groundnut

Vigna subterranea

Bambara groundnut is a grain legume grown mainly by subsistence farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. It is cultivated for its subterranean pods which can be eaten after roasting or processed into cake, or as a meal, boiled similar to other beans. It is extremely hardy and produces reasonable yields even under conditions of drought and low soil fertility.

Bambara groundnut is indigenous to sub-Saharan Africa. Its center of origin is most likely in West Africa, specifically in north-eastern Nigeria and northern Cameroon. The crop is also grown to a lesser extent in some Asian countries such as India, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand.

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