Dioscorea hispida – Famine Foods

Dioscorea hispida

Uses

India (Maharashtra State, Raigad District): tuber is thoroughly washed, in running water, and made into ‘chips’ [small pieces] which can be stored for long periods of time, for use during famine. Philippines: the Mangayan people, of Mindoro Island, eat this tuber, after prolonged soaking in water to detoxify. The Negrito people, of Zambales, on the island of Luzon, also ate the tuber, after extensive water detoxification. Thailand (northeast): tuber eaten.

Additional Information

Name Authority:
Dennst.
Vernaculars:
(Tagalog, Ilocano, Visayan) - Korot, Nami

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