Chiranjit Parmar & M.K.Kaushal
This book presents the first authoritative and comprehensive account of various characteristics of morphological, taxonomical, horticultural and economic 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 wild fruits in order to evaluate 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 the available information on the medicinal properties and other uses of these plants. The book therefore contains detailed information on morphology, flowering and fruiting seasons, cropping, nutritive value, fruit quality, medicinal properties, utilization, scope 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 forests for sale in small hill towns oe along the highways. Most plants are multipurpose types as they have other uses too besides yielding edible fruits qualities. I am confident that if well organized efforts are made to promote them, a few few of these might turn out to be successful new commercial fruit crops like kiwifruit. It is really unfortunate that very few people are aware of the existence of so useful and valuable plants even in their homeland, India.

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

Aegle marmelos (Wild bael); Aesculus indica (Wild chestnut); Berberis aristata; Carissa spinarum Linn; Elaeagnus umbellata Thunb; Emblica officinalis (Wild Himalayan Amla); Ficus palmata (Wild Himalayan fig); Ficus roxburghii ( Wild Himalayan fig, large sized); Flacourtia sapida; Fragaria indica; Murraya Koeningii ( Himalayan strain that is more cold resistant than the common tropical strain of the curry leaf plant); Myrica nagi; Opuntia dillenii Haw; Phoenix sylvestris Roxb; Physalis minima Linn; Prunus persica ( Wild peach KATERU that ripens three months late than the common commercial varieties) ; Punica garnatum (Unique sour pomegranate DARU; Pyrus pashia; Pyrus serotina; Rubus ellipticus; Rubus niveus; Vitis himalayana; Vitis Lanata; Zizyphus jujuba; Epilogue; References; Appendix I: Glossory; Appendix II: Nutritive value of some important fruits; Appendix III: Summary table of important characteristics of wild fruits; Index.

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