Mahua: A Holy Tree Owing Diverse Benefits

Authors : Akanksha Singh

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 8 - August

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Mahua (Madhuca longifolia) occupies a significant place in the diet and economy of people belonging to the tribal community. It belongs to the Sapotaceae family. In India, it is majorly found in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Gujrat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal & Karnataka. Every part of this holy tree is used by the tribal people for their livelihood. However, nowadays importance of mahua as food is reduced due to urbanization. At present, the most popular use of mahua is in liquor making, due to its significant taste, smell, and high sugar content. The leaves and the bark of trees are used in medication, by tribal communities for curing various types of diseases. Mahua flower is a rich source of nutrients like vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals, enzymes, and organic acids. Earlier, value-added technology related to the diversified use of mahua was unknown that resulting in distressed sales. Keeping this in view an attempt was made to publicize its miscellaneous use for food security as well as higher income.

Keywords : Mahua Flowers, Tribal Peoples, Value-Added Technology, Food Security


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