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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2019.8(2): 1434-1446
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2019.802.167


Diversity and Seasonal Availability of Potential Wild Edible Plants from Vidarbha Region of Maharashtra State, India
K.C. Kiran1*, C. Dhanush1, C.V Gajendraand B.M. Reddy3
1Department of forestry and environmental science, UAS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2Forest collage and research institute, Mettupalayam, TNAU, Tamil Nadu, India
3Forest research institute, Dehradun, Uttarkhand, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Wild edible plants (WEPs) are the species that are neither cultivated nor domesticated, but available from their natural habitat and used as a source of food. Use of wild edibles is diminishing at fast pace but it is clear that in many parts of the world the use of wild edibles is still prevalent. Consumption of wild edibles is a major source of vitamins and micro-nutrients for people using only vegetarian diets rich in carbohydrates. The present study deals with the study of diversity and seasonal availability of WEPs and documented 147 species of wild edible plants belonging to 66 families and it reveals information about various edible parts of different species which includes corms, tubers, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds, which are consumed by tribes and local people. All these plants are common in rural and forest area of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. Majority of thespecies belongs to the families are Caesalpiniaceae, Fabaceae, Amaranthaceae, Araceae, Rubiaceae, Convolvulaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Dioscoreaceae, Tiliaceae, Anacardiaceae, Bignoniaceae, Combertaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Malvaceae, Moraceae. Collection and utilization of wild edible plants provide seasonal food security and become source of income to the tribes and local people.


Keywords: Wild edible plants, Diversity, Food security, Vidarbha region
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Kiran, K.C., C. Dhanush, C.V Gajendra and Reddy, B.M. 2019. Diversity and Seasonal Availability of Potential Wild Edible Plants from Vidarbha Region of Maharashtra State, India.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 8(2): 1434-1446. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2019.802.167