International Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
2019, Vol. 1, Issue 1
Ficus geniculata (Putkal): A boon
Madhu Kumari, Jay Hemke, Gitesh Chaware, Bhushan Kinchak
In India, there is lots of community are living and they are consuming in different varieties of wildy leafy vegetables for eating as well as medicinal purpose. Ficus Geniculata is one of them which is being under- utilized and commonly known “putkal” which belong from species Moraceaes. It also shows the different antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. It also used for curing leucorrhoea, urinary tract infection and gastro-intestinal infection. The main concern is that flower of the Ficus geniculata is not available all the year as well as the people are not aware about its benefits. Young leaves and buds are cooked and consumed by the tribal people. Pickle are also made from that and consume throughout the year. The tender shoots that sprouts from the trees are traditionally used for eating purposes which are being dried and used in different pulses which act as functional food. So, different value-added product can be prepared for curing different diseases and also making people aware about its consumption.