Shidodi / शिदोडी / Ringed Swallow-Wort / Holostemma annulare

Other Names

  • Local Name: Shidodi / शिदोडी
  • Common Name: Ringed Swallow-Wort
  • Botanical Name: Holostemma annulare

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Climber
  • Occurrence: Over hedges and in open forests especially on the lower slopes of hills
  • Season of Availability: Warmer parts of the year.
  • Geography: South Asia
  • Method of Propagation: Seed and Vegetative propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds from ripe fruits and roots and stem cuttings.

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Flower
  • Can be Eaten Raw: Flowers, yes.

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes, Flower Buds
  • Ripe: No
  • Both Raw & Ripe: No
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Other parts.
  • As Food: Flowers and tender fruits are cooked as a vegetable. Flower buds can be eaten raw
  • As Medicine: Roots used to treat diabetes.
  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: Yes
  • Boiling Before Cooking: Yes
  • Pickling: No
  • Brining: No
  • Fermenting: No
  • Drying for later Consumption: No
  • Overall Method: Boil leaves as a vegetable and eat with salt and spices (eg: chili powder).

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Increases glucose levels.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Aids in constipation, diarrhea, gonorrhea, stomachache, cough, lethargy.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Leaves can be eaten boiled with salt and chili peppers; flowers can be eaten; roots used to treat diabetes.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Flowers washed and eaten raw; leaves eaten boiled.

Shidodi / शिदोडी / Ringed Swallow-Wort / Holostemma annulare