Ooo Farms Produce
GRASS PEA / KHESARI
HELPS MAINTAIN CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
HELPS PREVENT MALNUTRITION
DROUGHT AND FLOOD RESISTANT CROP
HIGHLY ADAPTABLE TO CLIMATE CHANGE
- Grass pea (Lathyrus sativus L.) is one of the oldest cultivated crops with a long history of domestication.
- In archaeological excavations in Turkey and Iraq, seeds of Lathyrus species had been found as collected or cultivated items.
- Similar seeds from 2500 BC were identified in the oldest excavations in India and already in the Balkan in 8000 BC.
- According to the legend, grass pea was brought to Ethiopia (Abyssinia) by the queen of Sheba after visiting King Salomon in the tenth century BC.
- In years of severe flooding or drought, grass pea is the only crop that survives in the field.
- It is the only known dietary source of l-homoarginine, which provides benefits in cardiovascular disease and cancer treatments.
- According to Rao, a former head of biochemistry, Osmania University, Hyderabad, khesari produces more catecholamines (like dopamine and epinephrine) in the body which helps to improve memory and can be used to fight Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s syndromes.
- An ICMR study undertaken in 2014-15 also found that the overall prevalence of underweight, stunting and wasting among 1-5-year children was less among lathyrus-consuming population than others.
- Overconsumption of grass pea has caused the crippling disease neurolathyrism in many European countries in historical times and more recently in Asia and Africa. The forced overuse of grass pea in diets during severe famines has given it its present undeserved reputation of being a toxic plant. This crippling, but not lethal, disease of neurolathyrism is more pronounced when grass pea is the dominant component of the diet and accounts for at least 30% of the caloric intake for a period of at least 3–4 months.
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