Bibba / बिब्बा / Phobi Nut Tree / Semecarpus anacardium L.f

  • Local Name: Bibba / बिब्बा
  • Common Name: Phobi Nut Tree
  • Botanical Name: Semecarpus anacardium L.f

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree

  • Occurrence: On hill slopes

  • Season of Availability: June-July

  • Geography: South Asia

  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation

  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Fruits & Seeds

  • Can be Eaten Raw: No

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No

  • Ripe: No

  • Both Raw & Ripe: No

  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant

  • As Food: Seeds may be roasted; unripe fruits are pickled; rinds of ripe fruits are eaten; pulp of fruit is eaten.

  • As Medicine: Seed oil helps treat skin eruptions; seed juice helps treat chapped feet; can be used to treat piles.

  • Cooking Method: Seeds may be roasted; unripe fruits are pickled; rinds of ripe fruits are eaten; pulp of fruit is eaten.

  • Preservation / Curing Technique: Unripe fruits may be pickled.

  • Does Require Another Plants to be cooked together: N/A

  • Souring Agents Required: N/A


Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Source of tannins.

  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps treat skin eruptions and chapped feet.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Seed oil helps treat skin eruptions; seed juice helps treat chapped feet.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Process fruit with buttermilk then drink to cure piles.