Kigelia africana is the African sausage tree – named after its large and sausage-shaped fruit. It occurs throughout African semi-arid to subhumid bushlands and forests.
Kigelia fruit is used in the traditional pharmacopoeia as a remedy for syphilis, rheumatism, or stomach ailments. Other uses include treatment of ulcers and sores, and it is used to ferment beer. The extract of the fruit is popular for treating skin conditions including sun burns.
The fruit is macerated and dehydrated. The dry fruit pulp is sold in bulk to extract manufacturers either as dehydrated fibrous material, or as a milled powder.