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Nirgudi / निर्गुडी / Chinese Chaste Tree / Vitex negundo L.

Other Names

  • Local Name: Nirgudi / निर्गुडी
  • Common Name: Chinese Chaste Tree
  • Botanical Name: Vitex negundo L.

Status & Habitat

  • Status: Least Concern
  • Habitat: Shrub
  • Occurrence: Near bodies of water, recently disturbed land, grasslands, and mixed open forests
  • Season of Availability: Warmer parts of the year.
  • Geography: Eastern and Southern Africa and Asia
  • Method of Propagation: Vegetative propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Stem cuttings

Edible Parts

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

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No
  • Ripe: N/A
  • Both Raw & Ripe: N/A
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant
  • As Food: Seed is a pepper substitute, and may also be eaten.
  • As Medicine: Paste of matured leaves is applied to areas of swelling; seed/fruit powder used to cure nasal passage disorders; leaf oil applied to joints to reduce joint pain. Leaf extract is used for earache

  • 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: Seeds may be used as a pepper alternative; paste of leaves and bark can be used; leaf and bark decoction may be taken; leaf and bark may be powdered.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Good source of calcium and phosphorus.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Ear ailments, Pain reliever, Rheumatoid arthritis, Abdominal ailments, Fever, Cough

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Paste of matured leaves is applied to areas of swelling; seed/fruit powder used to cure nasal passage disorders; leaf oil applied to joints to reduce joint pain.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: N/A

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Nirgudi / निर्गुडी / Chinese Chaste Tree / Vitex negundo L.

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