Akkarghoda / अक्करघोडा / Lady Fern / Athyrium hohenackerianum

Other Names

  • Local Name: Akkarghoda / अक्करघोडा
  • Common Name: Lady Fern
  • Botanical Name: Athyrium hohenackerianum

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Fern
  • Occurrence: Exposed Rocks in Forests, Mountain Steeps,
    Riverbanks and Earth Cuttings
  • Season of Availability: July - November
  • Geography: Asia
  • Method of Propagation: Spore dispersal
  • Part used for Propagation: Spores

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Tender Shoots
  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes
  • Ripe: Yes
  • Both Raw & Ripe: Yes
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A
  • As Food: Leaves eaten raw; young shoots boiled and cooked as a vegetable.
  • As Medicine: Rhizome and fronds decoction alleviates rheumatic pain, roots are used for treating intestinal worms, and rhizome paste is applied for scorpion stings; young fronds are consumed to treat cancer; plant's roots alleviate childbirth pain, increase milk production in new mothers, and offer topical relief for sores.
  • Cooking Method: Leaves eaten raw; young shoots boiled and cooked as a vegetable.
  • Preservation / Curing Technique: Akkarghoda is collected in the rainy season and
    dried on a specially made structure called "Chulha" or "Tagar."
  • Does Require Another Plants to be cooked together: No
  • Souring Agents Required: No

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Contains proteins, carbohydrates, fats, antioxidants and vitamins.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps treat rheumatic pain, intestinal worms, scorpion stings, cancer, breast pain, and sores; helps increase breast milk production.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: 
    - Rhizome and fronds are used as a decoction for rheumatic pain.
    - Roots are used to treat intestinal worms.
    - Rhizome paste is also used for scorpion stings.
    - Akkarghoda is used as traditional medicine wherein young fronds are consumed as a treatment for cancer.
    - During childbirth, its roots are used to relieve pain, especially breast pain.
    - Akkarghoda is known to increase milk production in new mothers and when
    applied topically, it helps relieve sores.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Leaves may be eaten raw.

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Akkarghoda / अक्करघोडा / Lady Fern / Athyrium hohenackerianum

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