[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Book on Himalayan Wild Fruits.

Chiranjit Parmar & M.K. Kaushal

        This book presents the first authoritative and comprehensive account of various characteristics of morphological, taxonomical, horticultural and economic importance of 26 wild growing fruits of the mid-hill region of the Himalayas.  This treatise is not a mere compilation of the information from earlier books, but is the outcome of a study carried out by the authors on these fruits in order to evaluate them from economic and commercial standpoints.  To make the work more useful, the authors have also consulted other sources including ancient Sanskrit texts on AYURVEDA for compiling all other available information on the medicinal properties and other uses of these plants.  the book therefore carries detailed information on morphology, flowering and fruiting season, cropping, nutritive value, fruit quality, medicinal properties, utilization, scope for domestication etc. in respect of each fruit. It is for the first time that such detailed information about these fruits has been placed under a single cover.

        The fruits of many of these wild plants are of marketable quality.  The villagers gather them from the forests for sale in small hill towns or along the highways.  Most plants are multipurpose type as they have other uses too besides yielding edible fruits.  I am confident that if well organized efforts are made to promote them, a few of them might turn out to be successful new fruit crops like kiwi fruit.  It is really unfortunate that very few people are aware of the existence so useful and valuable plants even in their home homeland, India.

        The book has 148 pages and is profusely illustrated with 47 plates.  An index of vernacular names/regional names of these fruits in India and glossary different technical, Sanskrit and Hindi terms used in the text also appear in the end.


        Aegle marmelos,   Aesculus indica;  Berberis aristata,   Carissa spinarum, Cordia obliqua,  DARU the sour wild pomegranate,  Eleagnus umbellata,  Emblica officinalis(Himalayan strain),  Ficus palmata,  Ficus roxburghii,  Flacourtia sapiba,  Fragaria indica,  Murraya koeningii(Himalayan strain),  Myrica nagi,  Opuntia dillenii,  Phoenix sylvestris, Physalis minima,  Kateru strain of wild peaches,  Pyrus pashia,  Pyrus serotina,  Rubus ellipticus,  Rubus niveus, Vitis himalayana,  Vitis lanata,  ZARDALU strain of wild apricot,   Zizyphus jujuba;  Epilogue; References; Appendix I - Glossary;  Appendix II - Nutritive value of some important hill fruits;  Appendix III - Summary table of important characteristics of wild fruits: Index.

Price: US$20 (inclusive of forwarding by Registered Air Mail).

For getting a copy, send US$20 personal check (
NO DOLLAR BILLS PLEASE) favouring Dr. Chiranjit Parmar to him at the following address:

                Dr. Chiranjit Parmar
                186/3 Jail Road
                Mandi  HP  175 001