Shidodi / शिदोडी / Ringed Swallow-Wort / Holostemma annulare

Local Name: Shidodi / शिदोडी

Common Name: Ringed Swallow-Wort

Botanical Name: Holostemma annulare

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Climber

  • Occurrence: Over hedges and in open forests especially on the lower slopes of hills

  • Season of Availability: Warmer parts of the year.

  • Geography: South Asia

  • Method of Propagation: Seed and Vegetative propagation

  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds from ripe fruits and roots and stem cuttings.

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Flower

  • Can be Eaten Raw: Flowers, yes.

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes, Flower Buds

  • Ripe: No

  • Both Raw & Ripe: No

  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Other parts.

  • As Food: Flowers and tender fruits are cooked as a vegetable. Flower buds can be eaten raw

  • As Medicine: Roots used to treat diabetes.

  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: Yes

  • Boiling Before Cooking: Yes

  • Pickling: No

  • Brining: No

  • Fermenting: No

  • Drying for later Consumption: No

  • Overall Method: Boil leaves as a vegetable and eat with salt and spices (eg: chili powder).

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Increases glucose levels.

  • Medicinal Benefit: Aids in constipation, diarrhea, gonorrhea, stomachache, cough, lethargy.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Leaves can be eaten boiled with salt and chili peppers; flowers can be eaten; roots used to treat diabetes.


  • Tribal Recipe: Flowers washed and eaten raw; leaves eaten boiled.