OOO Farms Wild Food Kadu Limb

Kadu Limb / कडू लिंब / Neem / Azadirachta indica A.Juss.

Other Names

  • Local Name: Kadu Limb / कडू लिंब
  • Common Name: Neem
  • Botanical Name: Azadirachta indica A.Juss.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree
  • Occurrence: Mixed forests
  • Season of Availability: Summer and monsoon
  • Geography: Northeast India, Indo-China
  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Leaves
  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes
  • Ripe: Yes
  • Both Raw & Ripe: Yes
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A
  • As Food: Fruits eaten fresh or cooked; young leaves and flowers eaten cooked; fermented sap is drunk.
  • As Medicine: Helps with treating lice, tooth plaque, gum disease; used in toothpaste.
  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: N/A
  • Boiling Before Cooking: N/A
  • Pickling: N/A
  • Brining: N/A
  • Fermenting: Yes (sap)
  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A
  • Overall Method: Fruits eaten fresh, cooked, as a dessert or as a drink; young leaves and flowers cooked as an appetizer; sap from branches and roots is fermented to make a drink.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Contain calcium, phosphorus and vitamin C.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps treat lice, tooth plaque, gum disease.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Helps with treating lice, tooth plaque, gum disease; used in toothpastes.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Chutney:
    Gather 10-12 neem leaves, 4 tsp jaggery powder, 4-5 kokum, ½ tsp jeera, and salt. Wash and drain the neem leaves. Blend kokum, neem leaves, jeera, salt, and jaggery with water to make a paste. Heat 1 tsp coconut oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, and dry red chili for tempering.

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Kadu Limb / कडू लिंब / Neem / Azadirachta indica A.Juss.

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