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Kaval Amba / कवळ आंबा / Indrayan / Trichosanthes tricuspidata Lour.

Local Name: Kaval Amba / कवळ आंबा

Common Name: Indrayan

Botanical Name: Trichosanthes tricuspidata Lour.

Kaval Amba / कवळ आंबा / Indrayan / Trichosanthes tricuspidata Lour.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Climber

  • Occurrence: Open places, moist areas

  • Season of Availability: June-December

  • Geography: Indo-China

  • Method of Propagation: Roots

  • Part used for Propagation: Roots

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Roots

  • Can be Eaten Raw: No

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No

  • Ripe: Yes

  • Both Raw & Ripe: No

  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant

  • As Food: Not edible

  • As Medicine: Fruits consumed to reduce pain and asthma.

  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: N/A

  • Boiling Before Cooking: N/A

  • Pickling: N/A

  • Brining: N/A

  • Fermenting: N/A

  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A

  • Overall Method: Mostly used for medicinal purposes as fruit cannot be eaten raw.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Antioxidant, anticancer, antibacterial properties

  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps relieve pain.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Fruits used to treat asthma and earache; root oil used as a painkiller; plant is used for curing snakebite.


  • Tribal Recipe: Consume raw and ripe fruit to reduce asthma.