Ethnobotanical study of wild fruits in Pabbar Valley, District Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Chauhan PP, Amrita Nigam, Virender Santvan K
Wild fruits are widely consumed in rural Himalayas and are potential source of various compounds and are also used in folk medicines. A study of wild fruits as eatable of Pabbar valley was carried out with the aim of documentation, identification and exploration of the ethnobotanical knowledge of local people. Total 33 plants species have been collected and they were arranged alphabetically with Botanical name, family vernacular name, habit, fruiting and flowering season and folk use. Free listing, individual interviews and direct observations were used to gather information. The plants were collected, identified and mounted on herbarium sheets. The indigenous knowledge that exist about wild edible plants could be used for their conservation and further cultivation in the area for human consumption. Photographs of some selected plants have been provided.