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Title: Wild habits of Kolli Hills being staple food of inhabitant tribes of eastern Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India
Authors: Samydurai, P
Thangapandian, V
Aravinthan, V
Keywords: Kolli Hills;Malayalis;Tamil Nadu;Traditional knowledge;Wild edible roots;Tubers
Issue Date: Sep-2012
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. cl. (2011.01) - A61K 36/00, A23L 1/00
Abstract: There is a proverb in Tamil that “Foods are medicines” “Medicines are foods”. Still it is being maintained by the folks, whose food habits depends on wild habits. Hence, the present study emphasis the documentation of traditional knowledge of Malayalis folks pertaining to their food habits which is necessary for the benefit of mankind. A survey has been made and identified 38 wild species belonging to 21 families. The roots, rhizomes and tubers of these plants are not only used as foods but are also consumed to maintain their health status. Thus these plants are used for general medicinal purposes also. Most of the tubers and roots are consumed after cooking, while some of them are eaten raw. Botanical name, family, vernacular name, life form/habit, parts used for food and medicine, mode of preparation and consumption are recorded for each species.
Page(s): 432-437
ISSN: 0976-0512 (Online); 0976-0504 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJNPR Vol.3(3) [September 2012]

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