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Ulshi / Chai Vel / उळशी / Five Leaf Yam / Dioscorea pentaphylla Var. Pentaphylla

Other Names

  • Local Name: Ulshi / Chai Vel / उळशी
  • Common Name: Five Leaf Yam
  • Botanical Name: Dioscorea pentaphylla Var. Pentaphylla

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Climber
  • Occurrence: Forests, Farm bunds, Hilly areas
  • Season of Availability: Spring and summer
  • Geography: Southern and Eastern Asia
  • Method of Propagation: Vegetative propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Underground corms

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Tender Shoots, Leaves & Tuber
  • Can be Eaten Raw: No

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No
  • Ripe: N/A
  • Both Raw & Ripe: N/A
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw tuber
  • As Food: Ulshi Mohar is cooked as a vegetable. Tubers are also used as vegetables
  • As Medicine: N/A
  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: No
  • Boiling Before Cooking: Yes
  • Pickling: N/A
  • Brining: N/A
  • Fermenting: N/A
  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A
  • Overall Method: Tubers can be eaten when boiled. Typically eaten with salt, pepper and other spices.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Used to treat swelling, is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Whole plant juice is used to treat boils and colds; tuber and leaves can be used to treat disorders; apply tuber paste onto cuts, wounds, and legions to heal them

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: In Odisha, communities typically leave tubers in running water overnight then boil them. They then eat them as-is or use them as a vegetable for curries.

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Ulshi / Chai Vel / उळशी / Five Leaf Yam / Dioscorea pentaphylla Var. Pentaphylla

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