Chunch / चुंच / Jew’s Mallow / Molokhiya / Corchorus olitorius.L

Other Names

  • Local Name: Chunch / चुंच
  • Common Name: Jew’s Mallow / Molokhiya
  • Botanical Name: Corchorus olitorius.L

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Herb
  • Occurrence: Farm bunds, Cultivated areas, Open areas
  • Season of Availability: June-July
  • Geography: South Asia and Africa
  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Leaves
  • Can be Eaten Raw: No

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No
  • Ripe: N/A
  • Both Raw & Ripe: No
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant
  • As Food: Leaves may be eaten raw or cooked; used as a thickening agent; used in salads or brewed into tea.
  • As Medicine: Plant infusion is used to increase appetite and strength and has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Cooking Method: Leaves may be eaten raw or cooked; used as a thickening agent; used in salads or brewed into tea.
  • Preservation / Curing Technique: N/A
  • Does Require Another Plants to be cooked together: No
  • Souring Agents Required: N/A

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective properties.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps increase appetite and strength, has anti-inflammatory properties.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Plant infusion is used to increase appetite and strength and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Fibres are cured, dried and then used in textiles.

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Chunch / चुंच / Jew’s Mallow / Molokhiya / Corchorus olitorius.L

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