India is home to hundreds of plants with edible leaves. Many are nutrition power houses that the world is now waking up to.
Take the case of Moringa or the “drum stick” tree. It’s leaves are very nutritious but it appears that most of us have forgotten to eat them and even South Indian households now only eat the fruit/pods in Sambar.
Our vegetable markets now rarely have more than 3 or 4 types of greens.
Even in our villages, people no longer recognise or cook many of the edible greens. And there are hundreds of them!
Vegetable curries in Indian houses used a lot of green leaves until a few centuries ago.
The most popular vegetables of today in Indian kitchens, potatoes and tomatoes, have a history of less than 300 years in India. They are both foreign in origin and we’re brought to India by the Portuguese.
It will be a very good thing if Indian households started eating a wide variety of leafy greens every day. This would go a long way in reducing the widespread “hidden hunger”, i.e., micronutrient deficiencies.
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