OOO farms Wild Food Katesavar 02

Katesavar / काटेसावर / Silk Cotton Tree / Bombax ceiba L.

Other Names

  • Local Name: Katesavar / काटेसावर
  • Common Name: Silk Cotton Tree
  • Botanical Name: Bombax ceiba L.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree
  • Occurrence: Hot, dry river valleys, savannah
  • Season of Availability: Spring and summer months
  • Geography: East Asia
  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

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

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No
  • Ripe: Yes
  • Both Raw & Ripe: No
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant
  • As Food: Cooked as a vegetable; seeds made into oil.
  • As Medicine: Plant parts consumed to treat cholera, dysentary, abdominal pain, ulcers.

  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: N/A
  • Boiling Before Cooking: N/A
  • Pickling: N/A
  • Brining: N/A
  • Fermenting: N/A
  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A
  • Overall Method: Flowers and buds cooked in curries. Young leaves cooked as a vegetable. Ripe seeds eaten roasted or used for oil. Young roots consumed raw or roasted.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Contains starch (carbohydrates) and glucose.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps treat cholera, abdominal pain, ulcers and dysentary.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Young roots are used to treat cholera and abdominal pain; sap helps treat dysentery; shoots are used for ulcers.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Sabji:
    Wash, halve, remove petals and stamens from buds. Boil till soft. Heat oil, add haldi, hing, mustard seeds, cumin and boiled buds. Stir-fry 5-6 mins. Add garam masala, serve hot.

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Katesavar / काटेसावर / Silk Cotton Tree / Bombax ceiba L.

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