LOCALLY ADAPTED INDIGENOUS VEGETABLES OF HIMACHAL PRADESH AND THEIR ROLE IN ALLEVIATING POVERTY, HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION

P. Kalia, A. Sharma, S. Singh, Y. Singh
Locally adapted niche based vegetables are considered hardy, nutritious and a storehouse of desirable traits. Besides, these are often easier to grow as most of them grow naturally, are resistant to pests and diseases and above all acceptable to indigenous local knowledge of consumption and tastes. They help diversify production systems, income, and diets for year-round nutrition. Since there are so many diverse indigenous vegetables (IVs) to consider, therefore there is great potential for improving nutrition. By adding diversity to production systems and diets, IVs help ensure year-round availability and balanced nutrition. Different locally adapted IVs in Himachal Pradesh which are consumed, traditionally based on age old indigenous knowledge of their nutritive and medicinal value, in different areas include leafy vegetables (Amaranth, Chenopodium, Colocasia, curry leaves, coriander, fenugreek, radish, zimmu, Rumex, Nasturtium, Fagopyrum etc.), flower buds and fruits (Bauhinia (Kachnar), Cordia (lasora), chayote (launku) etc.), fern (Diplazium) and legumes (broad bean). These vegetables are rich in Beta-carotene, quality protein, calcium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin A, C and dietary fibre. Thus, they play a great role in tackling malnutrition. In the recent years, the local people of remote areas have started producing vegetables adapted to their and supplying to a larger section of society in a bid to fight poverty and hunger. This paper reports about the indigenous knowledge of local vegetables adapted to hilly regions, their habitat, nutritive value and prospects in the emerging scenario.
Kalia, P., Sharma, A., Singh, S. and Singh, Y. (2007). LOCALLY ADAPTED INDIGENOUS VEGETABLES OF HIMACHAL PRADESH AND THEIR ROLE IN ALLEVIATING POVERTY, HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION . Acta Hortic. 752, 239-242
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2007.752.38
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2007.752.38
Leafy vegetables, Alliums, Amaranth, Fagopyrum, Rumex, curry leaf tree, Colocasia, Bauhinia variegata, bird lime tree, chayote, broad bean, Diplazium
English

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