Indigofera cordifolia – Famine Foods

Indigofera cordifolia


India: the plant is threshed and yields a white seed which is used for making bread, being mixed with other seeds such as jowari or bajri (millet) and made into flour. When eaten unmixed, it is reported that edema and death may occur. The minute seed is noted to be highly nitrogenous, but somewhat unpleasant in taste.

Additional Information

Name Authority:
Heyne ex Roth.
Bombay Presidency ("universally") [sic]: Godadi ; also: Godadi bodaga, Botsaka. Malegaon, Nasik district, Bombay Presidency: Potre. Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan: Bakereya. Marwara [sic], Rajputana: Vekriavas. Rajasthan(western): Bekrio, [Godali ?].
It grows with grass at the commencement of the monsoon and is ripe in the month of November. Of the edible seeds it is reported to be the least consumed. Soil types favored by plant: light múrúm soil, sandy plains, dunes, interdunes, rocks and gravelly soils. Chemical composition (after Church 1898): Water = 6.1%. Oil = 1.3%. Albumenoids = 30.8%. Carbohydrates (soluble) = 46.0%?. Fibre = 11.2%. Ash = 4.6%.

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