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Safou, also known as African pear or bush pear, is a fruit that is native to West and Central Africa. It is a popular fruit in countries such as Nigeria, Cameroon, and Gabon. The safou fruit is pear-shaped and has a green to purple-black skin, with a creamy, oily flesh inside.

Safou is often eaten raw, but it can also be cooked or processed into oil. The fruit is high in healthy fats and is a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, vitamin C, and potassium. It is also rich in antioxidants and has been used in traditional medicine for its health benefits.

In some countries, safou is also used to make a traditional dish called “mboa,” which is made by mashing the fruit and mixing it with other ingredients such as onions, tomatoes, and spices.

Safou trees are also valued for their shade and as a source of timber. The trees are often grown in agroforestry systems and are an important part of the local ecosystem.

Overall, safou is a versatile and nutritious fruit that plays an important role in the diet and economy of many African communities.

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