Indigofera linifolia – Famine Foods

Indigofera linifolia


India: plant is threshed. and the seeds ground into flour for making bread – either unmixed or combined with other cereals e.g. bajra (millet) or jowar. Unmixed, the bread is reported bitter and is eaten with vegetables or hot condiments. It is also reported that if bread is prepared without first pounding, the grain, and it is eaten for several day, swelling of the mouth or body occur.

Additional Information

Name Authority:
Hindi, Punjabi: Torki. Bengali: Bhangra. Santal: Tandi, Khode baha. Bombay (area[s] not specified): Pandhari pale/Pandhariphali, Bhangra, Torki. Jawarich malmandi, Kaladgi. Nasik [district, Bombay Presidency]: Pandhi. Newasa, Ahmednagar district, Bombay Presidency: Barbada. Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan: Sidio, Bakereya, Bhur -bhura. Rajasthan (western): Bekria, Torki. English = Wild Indigo.
Seeds are reported rich in nitrogen. Chemical composition (after Church): Water = 9.3%. Albuminoids: 34.3%. Carbohydrate (soluble): 43.4%. Oil = 3.0%. Fibre = 6.5%. Ash = 3.5%. Soil types favored by plant: sandy plains and dunes.

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