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Otho

Otho ©muokikioko2017

A bitter – sweat traditional fruit/snack loved by children, normally collected in a half calabash and eaten while at play

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Watching Parrots in Siaya

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african brown parrot in siaya ©muoki kioko2016

Af. brown parrots; a noisy group of birds with unmistakable call as they move around the tree tops in Siaya. Beautifull yet easily ignored as its one amoungst the abundant birdlife in the region moving accross farmlands or forests.

This ‘af brown parrot’ is a more rare parrot species inhabiting the western side of Kenya that closely resembles the ‘brown headed’ species thats much more widespread in Kenya. so much so that a quick google search will more likely turn up info on’brown headed parrots’. Making it a reason why its worth making a visit to this region to search for it.

Ochonga & Omena

Sorting Omena in Siaya ©muoki kioko 2016

We in East Africa all know ‘Omena’ as a luo community delicacy, a small fish thats hunted/fished at night. In towns we recieve it already processed and most times packed.

A little time spent with the community teaches you a few lessons like it is not yet ready for throwing into your cooking pot the way it’s sold! All omena has to be cleaned..to remove ‘ochonga’ these reddish fresh water organisms.

Ochonga ©muoki kioko 2016

Ochonga is that rare delicacy that’s used for chicken feeds – often referred to as omena, well sought after but hard to find. Easiest way to find it is to befriend a luo from the lakeside to get it for you. Alternatively…

Fruit processing plant

Those engaged in Large scale production of fruit in siaya can now value add their farm products with the opening up of a local fruit processing plant

From commercial varieties of mangoes to local flavors of indigenous varieties

Aloe vera in Siaya

There are over 10 different species of aloe in Kenya-each with it’s own unique characteristics. Some are  Poisonous, others good for skin moisturizing others good as treatment for internal ailments.

The Aloe products are widely adopted as main ingredients in cosmetic and hair care products. Large numbers of Aloe containing beauty products, creams, lotions, soaps,shampoos, oils, facial cleaners, moisturizers, etc. are available worldwide.

International Aloe Science Council (IASC), a non-profit organization certifies Aloe vera products by measuring total solids, calcium, magnesium, malic acid and polysaccharide.

Those interested in purchasing ALOE for manufacture of aloe medication can get in touch with aloe farmers here in Siaya on +254725332794

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