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Gal / Ghel Phal / गला / घेला / Mountain Pomegranate / Catunaregam spinosa

Other Names

  • Local Name: Gal / Ghel Phal / गला / घेला
  • Common Name: Mountain Pomegranate
  • Botanical Name: Catunaregam spinosa

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree
  • Occurrence: Thickets or forests at stream sides, on hills and mountain slopes, and in valleys
  • Season of Availability: Warmer parts of the year
  • Geography: South Asia
  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Tender Fruits
  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes (but has an unpleasant taste)

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes
  • Ripe: Yes
  • Both Raw & Ripe: Yes
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A
  • As Food: Juice or paste taken from parts of the plant and used medicinally; fruits cooked.
  • As Medicine: Fruit applied externally to treat fever; bark given internally and externally to treat fever; fruit useful in treating asthma and acute bronchitis.
  • Cooking Method: Juice or paste taken from parts of the plant and used medicinally.
  • Preservation / Curing Technique: N/A
  • Does Require Another Plants to be cooked together: No
  • Souring Agents Required: N/A

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Rich in crude fiber and moisture.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps treat fever, asthma, and acute bronchitis.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Fruit applied externally to treat fever; bark given internally and externally to treat fever; fruit useful in treating asthma and acute bronchitis.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Juice whole plant and take on an empty stomach to improve defense mechanism of the body.

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Gal / Ghel Phal / गला / घेला / Mountain Pomegranate / Catunaregam spinosa

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