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Kavdar / कवदर / Wild Banana / Ensete superbum (Roxb.) Cheesman

Other Names

  • Local Name: Kavdar / कवदर
  • Common Name: Wild Banana
  • Botanical Name: Ensete superbum (Roxb.) Cheesman

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Herb
  • Occurrence: Wild or cultivated, hilly areas
  • Season of Availability: Year-round
  • Geography: Western Ghats, South India hills
  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

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

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No
  • Ripe: No
  • Both Raw & Ripe: No
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant with seeds
  • As Food: Plant parts cooked as a vegetable
  • As Medicine: Plant parts are eaten for strength and immunity.
  • 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: Rhizomes boiled like a potato; leaf bases cooked like a vegetable; flower cooked into curries.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps cure dog bites, kidney stones, food poisoning, tiredness, chills; helps improve immunity.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Seed powder helps with curing dog bites and kidney stones; stem is used to treat food poisoning, tiredness and chills; whole plant is taken for immunity.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Saisu Bai:
    Cut around 500g of Ensete superbum shoot into small pieces and add to pre-boiled water. Include cowpea leaves, chili, and salt in equal amounts. Add a bit of cooking oil and baking soda.

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Kavdar / कवदर / Wild Banana / Ensete superbum (Roxb.) Cheesman

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