Asphodelus tenuifolius – Famine Foods

Asphodelus tenuifolius

Asphodelus fistulosus


France: root recommended as a famine food. Prepared as for Asphodelus albus (q.v.). India (Garhwal Himalayas): seeds eaten raw. (Punjab, Jalandhar district): seeds eaten. (Punjab [region not specified]): tuber eaten. Seeds made into flour which is mixed with wheat flour [to extend it]. The plant is also reported eaten, after being boiled. Ethnomedical use – diuretic.

Additional Information

Name Authority:
India (plant) - Piazi, Bokal. (seed) - Binghar bij.
Plant favors sandy soils. Chemical composition (Indian sample]: Moisture = 7.4[%]; Oil = 25.25[%]; Albumenoids = 25.95%; Carbohydrates = 17.32%[%]; Crude fibre = 19.78[%]; Ash = 4.30[%].

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