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Karval Karmal / करवल करमळ / Karval / Dillenia Pentagyna Roxb.

Other Names

  • Local Name: Karval Karmal / करवल करमळ
  • Common Name: Karval
  • Botanical Name: Dillenia Pentagyna Roxb.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree
  • Occurrence: Rainforests, thickets and on hills below 400m
  • Season of Availability: Year-round
  • Geography: From Sulawesi to South-Central China to India and Sri Lanka
  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

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

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes
  • Ripe: Yes
  • Both Raw & Ripe: Yes
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A
  • As Food: Flower buds eaten raw, cooked or pickled; unripe fruit is eaten raw, cooked or pickled.
  • As Medicine: Plant treats snake bites, wounds, cancer, diabetes, and pneumonia.
  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: N/A
  • Boiling Before Cooking: N/A
  • Pickling: Yes, Fruit and flower buds
  • Brining: N/A
  • Fermenting: N/A
  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A
  • Overall Method: Flower buds eaten raw, cooked or pickled; unripe fruit is eaten raw, cooked or pickled.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Contains protein and carbohydrates.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps treat bites and wounds.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Leaf paste applied to scorpion bites; plant helps treat cancer, wounds, diabetes, and pneumonia.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Fruit is added to curries with small fish in Assam.

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Karval Karmal / करवल करमळ / Karval / Dillenia Pentagyna Roxb.

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