Safed Kuda / सफेद कुडा / Coral Swirl / Holarrhena antidysenterica

Local Name: Safed Kuda / सफेद कुडा

Common Name: Coral Swirl

Botanical Name: Holarrhena antidysenterica

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree

  • Occurrence: Decidious forest areas

  • Season of Availability: Warmer parts of the year.

  • Geography: India

  • Method of Propagation: Vegetative propagation

  • Part used for Propagation: Stem cuttings

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Flowers

  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes

  • Ripe: N/A

  • Both Raw & Ripe: N/A

  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A

  • As Food: Tender fruits are cooked as vegetables

  • As Medicine: Seeds are taken with ghee or honey to treat fever or diarrhea; crushed bark is taken with dried ginger to treat piles; dried flowers taken with water to treat tiredness caused by fever and diarrhea.

  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: Yes

  • Boiling Before Cooking: No

  • Pickling: N/A

  • Brining: N/A

  • Fermenting: N/A

  • Drying for later Consumption: Yes, Flowers

  • Overall Method: Seed and bark powder can be eaten; flowers are dried then consumed.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties.

  • Medicinal Benefit: Piles, Leprosy, Diarrhea, Astringent, Deworming, Stomach ailments

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Plant's bark is used for gastric problems and for skin diseases; seed powder and herb can help with piles and diarrhea.


  • Tribal Recipe: Dried flower soup:
    - Flowers are dried under the sun
    - Fry with ghee/oil, salt and water
    - Add water and pepper, cook for 5 mins