- Date: February 11, 2016
- Author: Alex MacLennan
Devil’s claw—a plant named for its spiky, fist-like seed pods—has been used by the Khwe people of southern central Africa for as long as anyone can remember. Prized in the region and internationally as a remedy for aches and pains, the fleshy tuber’s popularity as an alternative treatment has led to severe overharvesting. So the relative abundance in Namibia’s Bwabwata National Park is precious—as is the organic, sustainable harvesting business the Khwe people are now building around devil’s claw.