Traditional Processing Methods and Nutritional Benefits of Bamboo Shoot

fresh bamboo shoots

Traditional Techniques for Processing Bamboo Shoots Bamboo shoots are poisonous! Yes you heard it right. It contains cyanogenic glycosides called taxiphyllin; a type of hydrogen cyanide. It is also the same compound found in tapioca (cassava) leaves and its roots. It is fatal and can kill humans and animals. Having said so there are many varieties which have negligible levels of cyanide because of domestication and alteration in the genes…

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Rooting Plant Stem Cuttings – Lay them Horizontal

plant cuttings loose moisture after cutting

When you cut any living thing, it starts losing its life and nutrition. There are many plants which have poorly developed seeds or their progeny distribution through seeds is not that great. Older generations understood with experience that some crops planted in a certain ways yielded more or lived more or gained strength. Let’s take the example of Moringa (drum stick) here. Traditionally drumstick was not planted from seeds. Instead,…

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Are you eating the right Cashew; Why are Cashew Nuts not Crunchy?

Cashew nut fruit

It is said that the Portuguese brought cashew nuts to India. Who is even bothered now? It has been accepted and embraced because of the nutritiously rich nuts. It’s not a satvic food, since it makes you lethargic and fat if you consume more. However moderation is the key to anything. Even medicine can turn poison if you over do it. It is also believed that some modern day cashew…

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Drumstick Leaves Release Toxins during Karkidaka Masam (July – Aug)

Moringa or also know as drumstick leaves

Many among you might have heard that you should avoid eating drumstick leaves during Karkadamasam which falls between mid July and August. To know more about this, let’s first understand what’s so special about this month. In Kerala the rains go on and on without an end in sight. Starting with south west monsoon followed by the north east. There is a pattern for each month’s rains. However there are…

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Effective Natural ways to Control and use weed

Cows enjoying weeds after heavy rains

Seeds are sown by humans; weeds by God. As this saying shows, it really is difficult to compete with weeds while farming. De-weeding becomes a back breaking process without smart planning. Weeds will suck up most of the nutrients from the soil in any available form and some weeds will make their own by using soil, air microbes, sunlight and water as solvent. Weeds can also be beneficial for other…

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How do DDT, Endosulfan and other pesticide react with Human Body?

Victims of endosulfan kasargod

Dr G Nammalvar once said in his TED talk and laughed,“Poisons are called medicine in local languages”(puchi marande– medicine for pest‘tamil’). Any word that ends in “cide” would be killing something. So chemicals which kill pest is known as pesticide, insect – insecticide, bacteria – bactericide, fungus – fungicide, rodent – rodenticide, spider – acaricide, herb – herbicide, weed – weedicide and suicide is self killing. Furadan is a granular…

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