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Title: Traditional knowledge of eating raw plants by the Meitei of Manipur as medicine/nutrient supplement in their diet
Authors: Yumnam, JY
Tripathi, OP
Keywords: Meitei
Imphal valley
Raw plants’ part
Tradition
Issue Date: Jan-2012
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC CodeInt. Cl.8: G01N, A61K 36/00, A23L 1/29
Abstract: Meitei, the valley inhabitant of Manipur have the tradition of eating raw leaves, young inflorescences, tender stalks and other plants’ parts with their indigenous sauce Ametpa or with indigenous dish Eromba or as an ingredient of indigenous salad Singju with the main course of food. The present work was based on the methodical field survey conducted during the year 2007 and 2009. Local people of 30-70 yrs age group of both genders were interviewed (using standard questionnaires) on the different types of plants’ parts they have been eating raw for generations and medicinal values they obtained from this mode of eating. The interviewees are represented from wide array of the disciplines of the localities (vendors, collectors, users, scientific societies, etc.) to gather the maximum information related to plants and benefits derived. Altogether 64 plants belonging to 46 genera and 25 families (ranging from Gymnosperm to Angiosperm) are discuss briefly with particular emphasis on their scientific name, local name, family, parts used and medicinal benefit they claimed to obtain from these plants in this mode of eating.
Page(s): 45-50
CC License:  CC Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 India
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Source:IJTK Vol.11(1) [January 2012]

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