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Forgotten Food: Close encounters with the Cissus quadrangularis, or pirandai
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Forgotten Food: Close encounters with the Cissus quadrangularis, or pirandai

Commonly known as the adamant creeper, square stalked vine, veldt grape and devil’s backbone in English as well as by regional names such as the hadjod or “bone setter”, the Cissus quadrangularis is a resilient succulent vine that is as distinct in its appearance as it is in its wide-ranging ethno-medicinal properties.

Forgotten Food: The Decalepis hamiltonii represents India's bounty of plant wealth, and the challenges facing it
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Forgotten Food: The Decalepis hamiltonii represents India's bounty of plant wealth, and the challenges facing it

Roots such as those of the endangered Decalepis hamiltonii, known by regional names such as the mahali kizhangu and makali beru, have long been acknowledged by Ayurvedic and Siddha practitioners for their medicinal value.

Forgotten Food: The Eenthu Panna tree's seeds contain the story of a cuisine, culture and its custodians
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Forgotten Food: The Eenthu Panna tree's seeds contain the story of a cuisine, culture and its custodians

In addition to being the star ingredient in heirloom dishes like the ‘eenthu pidi’ made by the Mappila Muslims, the seeds of the Cycas circinalis (popularly referred to as the eenthu panna) tree are a living testimony to the age-old reliance of indigenous communities on wild edibles and the unrecorded wealth of ethnobotanical information they possess.