Medicinally Important Wild Vegetables of Lesser Himalayas-Pakistan

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Ethnobotanical appraisal and cultural values of medicinally important wild edible vegetables of Lesser Himalayas-Pakistan

Abbasi AM, Khan MA, Shah MH, Shah MM, Pervez A, Ahmad M
J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 2013 Sep 14;9(1):66
PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3853161

Arshad Mehmood Abbasi of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology and coauthors from Quaid-i-Azam University conducted an appraisal to explore ethnomedicinal and cultural importance of wild edible vegetables used by the populace of Lesser Himalayas-Pakistan.

Ficus carica
Ficus carica [Source: Wikimedia Commons, Trew, C.J., Plantae selectae quarum imagines ad exemplaria naturalia Londini, in hortis curiosorum nutrit, vol. 8: t. 73 (1771) [G.D. Ehret]]
The team documented a total of 45 medically important wild vegetables. Ficus carica was the most cited species followed by Ficus palmata, Bauhinia variegata, Solanum nigrum, Amaranthus viridis, Medicago polymorpha, Chenopodium album, Cichorium intybus, Amaranthus hybridus and Vicia faba.

Noting threats to habitats supporting wild edible plants in the region (e.g., agricultural land expansion, over-harvesting, over-grazing, uncontrolled fire setting, fuel wood collection), the authors recommended further documentation and support of local communities that use these plants:

“Present findings also revealed that many wild edible vegetables species are under pressure from various anthropogenic factors, demand public awareness, community based management and urgent collection of germplasm. Further exploration is suggested into nutritional profile, phytochemical analysis, antioxidant potential, essential and toxic components in conventional food resources; pharmacological applications; dietary requirements; skill training in farming and biotechnological techniques to improve yields.”

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