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Keni / केणी / Bengal Dayflower / Commelina benghalensis L.

Other Names

  • Local Name: Keni / केणी
  • Common Name: Bengal Dayflower
  • Botanical Name: Commelina benghalensis L.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Herb
  • Occurrence: Subtropical areas; disturbed soils
  • Season of Availability: Warmer parts of the year
  • Geography: Tropical Asia and Africa
  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

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

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No
  • Ripe: No
  • Both Raw & Ripe: No
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant
  • As Food: Leaves may be cooked as a vegetable.
  • As Medicine: Helps relieve hunger/as a famine food.
  • 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: Cook tender leaves as a vegetable, eg in curries; leaves can be made into pakodas.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Contains phytochemicals with healing properties.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Relieves hunger

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Used as a famine food.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Dip tender leaves in besan batter and deep-fry till golden brown.

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Keni / केणी / Bengal Dayflower / Commelina benghalensis L.

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