OOO Farms Wild Food Ghotvel

Ghotvel / घोटवेल / Smilax zeylanica L.

Other Names

  • Local Name: Ghotvel / घोटवेल
  • Common Name: Ushava
  • Botanical Name: Smilax zeylanica L.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Climber
  • Occurrence: Forested areas
  • Season of Availability: September to December
  • Geography: Indian subcontinent
  • Method of Propagation: Roots
  • Part used for Propagation: Roots

Edible Parts

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

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No
  • Ripe: No
  • Both Raw & Ripe: No
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant
  • As Food: Paste or decoction take of parts of the plant for medicinal purposes.
  • As Medicine: Root powder mixed with honey and applied to joints to relieve pain; root paste applied to areas affected by eczema; used to treat ulcers.
  • Cooking Method: Paste or decoction take of parts of the plant for medicinal purposes.
  • 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 calcium.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps relieve pain, eczema and ulcers.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Root powder mixed with honey and applied to joints to relieve pain; root paste applied to areas affected by eczema; used to treat ulcers.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Mix root powder with honey to make a paste, then apply paste to areas affected by joint pain.

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Ghotvel / घोटवेल / Smilax zeylanica L.

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