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What is Caralluma Fimbriata?

by admin on September 26, 2010

Caralluma fimbriata is a succulent plant in the family Apocynaceae. It has been eaten in rural India for centuries, raw, as a vegetable with spices, or preserved in chutneys and pickles, and is often found as a roadside shrub or boundary marker. The Caralluma genus is one of edible cacti, which includes several species, many of which grow across India.

What is Caralluma Fimbriata?

Caralluma fimbriata has been in use since centuries in India.

It is commonly used as a vegetable in several regions of India. It is eaten raw or cooked with spices, it is also used in pickles and

Indian tribals chew chunks of Caralluma fimbriata to suppress hunger when on a day’s hunt. The cactus is used among the labor class in South India to suppress appetite and enhance endurance.

In the KoIli hills of South India, Caralluma fimbriata is a vegetable used daily. In the arid regions of Andhra Pradesh, Caralluma fimbriata is used in pickles and chutneys. In Western India, Caralluma fimbriata is well known as a famine food, appetite suppressant and thirst quencher. The green follicles are eaten, boiled and salted.

In Kerala, South India, Caralluma fimbriata is used as a vegetable and appetite suppressant among tribal populations.

It also finds use today as an appetite suppressant and famine food during times of famine, in the semi-arid regions of India.

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