OOO Farms Wild Food Kardai

Kardai / करडई / Prickly Poppy / Argemone mexicana

Other Names

  • Local Name: Kardai / करडई
  • Common Name: Prickly Poppy
  • Botanical Name: Argemone mexicana

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Herb
  • Occurrence: New road cuttings or verges
  • Season of Availability: Warmer parts of the year
  • Geography: Mexico
  • 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: Yes
  • Both Raw & Ripe: No
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant
  • As Food: Rarely eaten; used mostly medicinally.
  • As Medicine: Helps with constipation, blood impurities, and jaundice.
  • Cooking Method: Used in medicines.
  • Preservation / Curing Technique: N/A
  • Does Require Another Plants to be cooked together: No
  • Souring Agents Required: N/A

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: High protein content.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Root and seed oil help with constipation; sap and root juice helps cure blood impurities; sap and whole plant help with jaundice.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Root and seed oil help with constipation; sap and root juice helps cure blood impurities; sap and whole plant help with jaundice.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Oil derived from seeds may be consumed in very small quantities.

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Kardai / करडई / Prickly Poppy / Argemone mexicana

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