Khajur / Shindi / Hendi Kaya / खजूर / शिंदी / Date Palm / Phoenix sylvestrus (L.) Roxb.

  • Local Name: Khajur / Shindi / Hendi Kaya / खजूर / शिंदी
  • Common Name: Date Palm
  • Botanical Name: Phoenix sylvestrus (L.) Roxb.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree

  • Occurrence: Plains and scrubland up to 1300 m above sea level

  • Season of Availability: Warmer parts of the year

  • Geography: Southern Pakistan, most of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh

  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation

  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Fruits & Bark Sap

  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes

  • Ripe: Yes

  • Both Raw & Ripe: Yes

  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A

  • As Food: Ripe fruit is eaten raw

  • As Medicine: Helps with immunity and strength.

  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: N/A

  • Boiling Before Cooking: N/A

  • Pickling: N/A

  • Brining: N/A

  • Fermenting: Yes, Alcohol

  • Drying for later Consumption: Yes, Fruit

  • Overall Method: Not typically eaten.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Rich in potassium and sodium.

  • Medicinal Benefit: Weakness recovery, Fever reducer, Aids Digestion

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Helps with immunity and strength.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: N/A