Nymphaea lotus – Famine Foods

Nymphaea lotus


Uganda (West Nile and Madi Districts): rhizomes dug out of the mud, cooked and eaten during times of shortage. India (Uttar Pradesh, Balrampur region): root boiled and/or roasted then eaten after removing the outside material. The flower stalks were also eaten, after boiling. Ethnomedical use: the flower stalk is reported to be effective in mitigating the toxic effects of opium overdose. The flower is used to treat fever. It is dried then boiled and strained; mixed with sugar and re-boiled.

Additional Information

Name Authority:
Balrampur (root): Sirki; (flower): Nilofar; (flower stalk): Sag karmua

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