Chirambot / Kapalphodi / चिरमबोट / कपालफोडी / Wild Cape Gooseberry / Physalis minima L.

Other Names

  • Local Name: Chirambot / Kapalphodi / चिरमबोट / कपालफोडी
  • Common Name: Wild Cape Gooseberry
  • Botanical Name: Physalis minima L.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Herb
  • Occurrence: Roadside, Farm bunds
  • Season of Availability: July-September
  • Geography: Americas
  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Ripe Fruits
  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes
  • Ripe: Yes
  • Both Raw & Ripe: Yes
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A
  • As Food: Ripe fruits are eaten raw or cooked as a vegetable. Leaves are cooked as vegetable
  • As Medicine: Leaf juice with mustard oil to heal earache; taken with tankana bhasma and honey to cure asthma; roots taken to improve digestive strength.
  • Cooking Method: Fruits may be eaten ripe or cooked as a vegetable.
  • Preservation / Curing Technique: N/A
  • Does Require Another Plants to be cooked together: N/A
  • Souring Agents Required: N/A

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: High protein content.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps heal earache and asthma; helps improve digestive strength.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Leaf juice with mustard oil to heal earache; taken with tankana bhasma and honey to cure asthma; roots taken to improve digestive strength.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Sabji of unripe fruits: Heat oil in a pan and stir-fry the diced ripe fruits, potato, mustard oil, fenugreek powder, cumin, haldi, cloves, ginger, onions, chilis, and garlic. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes and serve with chapatis. Include garam masala and garnish with coriander leaves.

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Chirambot / Kapalphodi / चिरमबोट / कपालफोडी / Wild Cape Gooseberry / Physalis minima L.

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