Documentation of traditional knowledge on edible wild plants of forests in Burdwan district, West Bengal (India)
Tripti Bouri and Sharmistha Ganguly
Due to population overgrowth and increase in demand for various products of natural resources, destruction has escalated to a great extent. Since early times, man had been using plants from natural habitats to meet his subsistence needs. Although the use of medicinal plants is well known the knowledge concerning edible wild plants is much limited. A scientific study of edible wild plants is important for pin pointing the potential sources which could be even utilized at the time of scarcity and cultivated as well as a source of food for the growing population. In view of this, the present work was undertaken which documents as many as 76 plant species belonging to 70 genera and 50 families.