Douda / Kukurval / दौडा / कुकुरवळ / Spotted Sterculia / Sterculia gutata

Other Names

  • Local Name: Douda / Kukurval / दौडा / कुकुरवळ
  • Common Name: Spotted Sterculia
  • Botanical Name: Sterculia gutata

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree
  • Occurrence: Along margins of evergreen forests, semi-evergreen forests
  • Season of Availability: September-March
  • Geography: India, Bangladesh, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos
  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

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

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No
  • Ripe: No
  • Both Raw & Ripe: No
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant
  • As Food: Seeds may be eaten roasted or raw in handfuls as a famine food; plant consumed as a vegetable.
  • As Medicine: Can be used as an insecticide to kill mosquitos; Bark provides fiber for cordage and fabrics; Consumed during famine; Seeds eaten raw or roasted during scarcity; Bark and Pogosteman benghalensis leaves crushed for medicinal juice against fever and diarrhea
  • Cooking Method: Seeds may be eaten roasted or raw in handfuls as a famine food; plant consumed as a vegetable.
  • Preservation / Curing Technique: N/A
  • Does Require Another Plants to be cooked together: No
  • Souring Agents Required: N/A

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Contains vitamin A, B and C.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Used as a famine food and insecticide; helps relieve fever and diarrhea.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Can be used as an insecticide to kill mosquitos; Bark provides fiber for cordage and fabrics; Consumed during famine; Seeds eaten raw or roasted during scarcity; Bark and Pogosteman benghalensis leaves crushed for medicinal juice against fever and diarrhea

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Roast and salt seeds as a snack.

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Douda / Kukurval / दौडा / कुकुरवळ / Spotted Sterculia / Sterculia gutata

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