International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Botany | India | Volume 12 Issue 12, December 2023

Edible Plants of Renuka Tehsil, Sirmaur District, Himachal Pradesh (India)

Parul Sharma [4] | S. K. Sood

Abstract: Ethnobotany is the study of how people of a particular culture and region make use of indigenous plants. This field encompasses the traditional knowledge and customs related to plants, including their uses for food, medicine, shelter, clothing, and rituals. One important aspect of ethnobotany is the edibility of plants, which refers to their suitability for human consumption. The edibility of plants is closely tied to cultural practices and traditions. Many societies have specific rituals or ceremonies associated with the gathering and consumption of certain edible plants. Ethnobotany?s exploration of edibility offers a rich tapestry of cultural heritage, ecological wisdom, and potential solutions to contemporary challenges. Overall, a total of 93 species belonging to 85 genera under 52 families been identified for edibility from Renuka tehsil of district Sirmaur. For edibility 41 species belonging to 40 genera under 28 families have been reported and mostly consumed as fruits (41 species under 32 genera and 22 families). 41 species under 40 genera and 28 families are consumed as vegetables and pot herbs. 22 genera under 18 families with 22 species are used in pickles and chutney preparation. 8 species under 5 families and 8 genera are used for flavouring and culinary preparations. Relatively, the most frequently used families for edible plants except vegetables and pot herbs are represented by Rosaceae (9 species) followed by Fabaceae, Rutaceae and Solanaceae (3 species each) etc.

Keywords: Ethnobotany, Biodiversity, Renuka tehsil, Edibility

Edition: Volume 12 Issue 12, December 2023,

Pages: 1519 - 1523

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