OOO Farms Wild Food Tetu

Tetu / टेटू / Broken Bones Tree / Oroxylum indicum (L.) Kurz

Tetu is called “Midnight Horror” also because the flowers open at night, emitting a powerful stink that attracts bats to facilitate pollination. The root and stem bark are used for fever, bronchitis, intestinal worms, leucoderma, asthma, inflammation, anal troubles, diarrhea and dysentery. The fruits and seeds are used as an expectorant, purgative and bitter tonic. In Indian Ayurvedic medicine, the root bark, stem and leaf are prescribed for snake bite.

Other Names

  • Local Name: Tetu / टेटू
  • Common Name: Broken Bones Tree
  • Botanical Name: Oroxylum indicum (L.) Kurz

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree
  • Occurrence: Forests, Farm bunds, Hilly areas
  • Season of Availability: Spring and summer
  • Geography: S. China to Tropical Asia
  • Method of Propagation: N/A
  • Part used for Propagation: N/A

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Young Pods & Bark
  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes, flowers
  • Ripe: No
  • Both Raw & Ripe: No
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A
  • As Food: Young pods are boiled and cooked as a vegetable. Flowers and fruits can be eaten raw as a side dish; grilled and then the inner seeds are scraped and eaten; flower buds can be boiled and pickled.
  • As Medicine: Decoction of the leaves can be used to increase appetite; roots help cure cold and fever; paste of seeds can be used to treat boils. Bark decoction is useful for urinary infection
  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: No
  • Boiling Before Cooking: Yes
  • Pickling: Yes
  • Brining: Yes
  • Fermenting: N/A
  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A
  • Overall Method: Either eaten raw, boiled or grilled.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: High in antioxidants.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Urinary Infection, Jaundice Treatment, Arthritis & Rheumatism, Gastric Ulcers, Tumors, Respiratory Disease, Diarrhea & Dysentery

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Decoction of the leaves can be used to increase appetite; roots help cure cold and fever; paste of seeds can be used to treat boils

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Flower buds pickle:
    - Soak the buds in pickling liquid and store in a jar.

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Tetu / टेटू / Broken Bones Tree / Oroxylum indicum (L.) Kurz

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