Exploration and documentation of wild food plants from Satara district, Maharashtra (India)
Swapnaja Deshpande, Uday Pawar, Rajendra Kumbhar
Traditional knowledge throughout the world includes health, nutrition, agriculture, management and utilization of natural resources. In past, tribals consume main staple diet along with wild food supplements which helps to balance their diet. The 21 century is coming with the food scarcity as the global population is increasing day by day. But the available food sources are limited which are not sufficient. The present paper deals with the survey and documentation of food potential of edible plants consumed by people in rural areas from the Satara district. Total ninety plants were recorded belonging to 46 families and 73 genera. The edible part of these species include rhizomes, corms, stem, leaves, petiole, inflorescence, flowers, petal, thalamus, fruits, seeds and aril.