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Goonj / गुंज / Rosary Pea / Abrus precatorius L.

Other Names

  • Local Name: Goonj / गुंज
  • Common Name: Rosary Pea
  • Botanical Name: Abrus precatorius L.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Climber
  • Occurrence: Undisturbed pinelands and hammocks; disturbed pastures and roadsides.
  • Season of Availability: Year-round
  • Geography: Asia and Australia
  • 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: Leaves can be consumed via leaf tea; seeds consumed roasted.
  • As Medicine: Seeds help with hair growth and treating alopecia; seed powder paste helps relieve joint pains.
  • Cooking Method: Leaf tea made by boiling leaves in water; seeds roasted then 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 proteins.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps with hair growth and joint pains.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Seeds help with hair growth and treating alopecia; seed powder paste helps relieve joint pains.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Mix seed powder with water to make a paste, then apply to areas of scalp affected by alopecia.

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Goonj / गुंज / Rosary Pea / Abrus precatorius L.

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