UNDEREXPLOITED VEGETABLES OF THE ADI TRIBE OF ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Arunachal Pradesh, the largest state of North-East India, is considered as one of the biodiversity Hot Spots in the world. The Adi tribe is the biggest tribe of Arunachal Pradesh and mainly inhabit in East Siang and West Siang districts. They use plants like Diplazium esculentum, Solanum torvum, S. spirale, S. indicum,, Spilanthes oleracea, Amaranthus spinosus, A. tricolor, Brassica juncea var. rugosa, Chenopodium album, Eryngium foetidum, Fagopyrum esculentum, Xanthoxylum rhetsa, X. nitidum, Gynura crepidioides, Pouzolzia benettiana, Mormordica cochinchinensis, Bauhinia variegata, Manihot esculenta, Ipomoea batatas, Clerodendrum colebrookianum, Murraya koenigii, Houttuynia cordata, Urtica parviflora, etc. as vegetable, either alone or in combination (to improve the taste/aroma or neutralize the bitterness/astringency). Some of these vegetables are used to cure diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, urinary and stomach disorders, bronchitis, diarrhoea, etc. They are sold in the local market and fetch good price. The paper attempts at describing the details of botanical identity, plant parts used and mode of use of these underexploited annual and perennial vegetables and outlines the scope for their promotion and research.
Sureja, A.K., Singh, R.K., Bhardwaj, R., Rai, A.K. and Singh, D. (2007). UNDEREXPLOITED VEGETABLES OF THE ADI TRIBE OF ARUNACHAL PRADESH. Acta Hortic. 752, 187-192
Indigenous vegetables, biodiversity, conservation, home garden, wild plants, perennial, IVs, shifting cultivation