Irvingia is a genus of the family Irvingiaceae (Harris, 1996), with two species: Irvingia gabonensis and Irvingia wombulu. Though these two species differ in the taste of the succulent fruit (sweet vs bitter) as well as in their rheological properties, both species are generally known by the common names wild mango, African mango, or bush mango. They bear edible mango-like fruits, and are especially valued for their fat- and protein-rich nuts, known as ogbono, etima, odika, oro, or dika nuts. In the Central African sub-region, Irvingia gabonensis is one of the most
important non-timber forestry products, contributing to the economy of both the rural and urban populations.
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