Ocimum americanum – Famine Foods

Ocimum americanum


India (Rajasthan, western): leaves made into a paste with condiments and eaten raw. Seeds mixed with [other] grains (e.g. Echinochloa colonum [q.v.]) for bread making. Seeds also soaked overnight for a base for a cooling beverage.

Additional Information

Name Authority:
Auct. ex Benth.; Jacq.; L.
Rajasthan (western): Bapchi, Marua, Bavachi, Vala -tulsi.
Soil types favored by plant: rivulets on piedmont slopes; gravelly.

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