Cardiospermum halicacabum – Famine Foods

Cardiospermum halicacabum


India (Madras Presidency): leaves and young shoots eaten as greens; (Deccan): herb eaten; (Rajasthan, western): leaves and shoots and fruit rind eaten as vegetables. Fruit pulp used [as base] for cooling drink. Australia (Queensland, Northern Australia): “used as a vegetable” (part[s] of plant unspecified).

Additional Information

Name Authority:
(India ) Bombay Presidency: Naphatki. Rajasthan (western): Kanphuti, Kapal -phor. Tamil: Moodacottan. Telugu: Rudda kankarakoo, Nella goolisienda. English: Heart Pea, Heart Seed, Balloon Vine, Winter Cherry
Soil types favored by plant (Rajasthan): gravel, and older alluvium.

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