Phoenix acaulis – Famine Foods

Phoenix acaulis


India (Uttar Pradesh, Balrampur region,): root eaten. Outer bark is removed and the inside is split into four or five pieces and pounded to produce a coarse, white flour. Fibers are removed from the flour that is ground using a stone mortar and pestle (chakki) and made in bread[sic] (chapati?). The flour is said to be very ‘heating’ and to cause dizziness, when eaten in warm weather. At the top of the root, where leaf growth begins, there is soft, white plant tissue, that is eaten uncooked. The ripe fruit are also eaten.

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