Studies on Consumption of an Aquatic Vegetable Eshing Ekai Thabi among the Meiteis of Manipur

Eshing Ekai Thabi, also known as water mimosa or water sensitive plant, is a pantropical nitrogen-fixing perennial legume that is widely considered an aquatic weed in some countries. However, the plant is used as a vegetable by the Meiteis, Manipur’s valley residents, and is considered a local delicacy. The aim of this study was to record the Meiteis of Manipur’s traditional eating habits, as well as the nutritional and medicinal benefits of water mimosa consumption. It was discovered that, in addition to being used as a local delicacy, the plant is also used to treat intestinal infections, dysentery, earaches, and as a vermifuge. The plant’s nutrient-rich ability aids in the fight against malnutrition in the poorer sections of society. During the rainy season, the plant is cultivated in ponds and wetlands in Imphal’s valley areas, but it normally dies when the water level drops during the dry season.

Author (s) Details

Supriya Yenkokpam
Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat-785013, Assam, India.

Y. Ranjana Devi
Central Agricultural University, Lamphelpat-795004, Manipur, India.

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