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Famine Foods
Compiled by Robert Freedman

MUSACEAE

Musa ornata, Roxb. India (Deccan): root, scape (leafless flower stalk), and convolute leaf-sheaths eaten. Ref. WATT.

Musa paradisiaca, L. Yucatan: corm eaten as a famine food by the Huastec Maya. It is said that, after one month of continually eating this, a person swells up and dies. Ethnomedical use: sap of corm used for dysentery and burns. India Rajasthan, western): tuber [sic] boiled, dried and crushed with leaf sheath and center core and eaten as a vegetable; stem peeled and eaten raw. Vernacular name - Yucatan (Teenek): It 'ath ['soft']. Rajasthan (western): Kele /Kela. Ref. ALCORN, SAXENA.

Musa rosacea, Jacq. India: rhizomes and shoots eaten. Ref. GAMMIE.

Musa sapientum, L. India: the stem of the tree which afterward bears the plantain, is eaten raw. Vernacular name - Bombay Presidency: Nasik district, Peint; Ahmednagar district, Akola: Kawadar. Ref. GAMMIE.

Musa superba, Roxb. India (Deccan): root, scape (leafless flower stalk), and convolute leaf-sheaths eaten. (Bombay Presidency): rhizomes and shoots eaten; roots of wild plantains dried, pounded, and [the flour] used [for making] bread. Vernacular names - Bombay Presidency: Nasik district, Kalwan: Kardai. Khandesh district: Rankele. Nasik and Poona districts: Kawdari. Ref. GAMMIE, WATT.


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