Uncultivated food plants, that are considered weeds, are high in nutrition
These leafy vegetables look a little different, taste different and have unheard names such as Tadaka Dobbudu, Gunugu Koora, Adavi Soya Koora, Elaka Chevula Koora and a host of similar names. “They have a unique taste. They are cooked like vegetables or as khichdi,” says G. Bhargavi pointing to Jonnachenchali Koora, which has leaves slightly bigger than Thota Koora (Amaranthus).
Dubbed the Festival of Uncultivated Food Plants at a rustic cafe at Tellapur, the goal is to popularise the uncultivated vegetables. “These are seen as weeds that grow along with foxtail millets. When we asked the people why don’t they remove them, they told us that they eat them. Surprised, we sent samples to the National Institute of Nutrition for testing. The analysis revealed that the nutrients are often higher than the most commonly consumed greens in India,” informed Ms. Bhargavi, who is working on plant nutrition.