Diversity, Distribution and Utilization Pattern of Some Forestry Foods (Wild Edibles) from Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary of Distt. Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
The present study deals with the identification, documentation and ethno-botanical exploration with respect to
food value of wild edible plants from selected areas of Tirthan wildlife sanctuary, Distt.Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. Total 93
wild edible plants were surveyed. Edible parts of wild plants (fruit, flower, leaves, tubers and rhizomes) are the nature’s gift
to mankind which are not only delicious and refreshing but also the chief source of vitamins, minerals and proteins. The wild
edible plants are the normal food of cattle grazers and the local inhabitants. Although the popularity of these wild forms of
fruits, flowers and tubers has declined, it is considered that special attention should be paid to them in order to maintain and
improve this important source of food supply.
Keywords - Ethno botany, Edible plants, Kullu, Himalaya.
Index terms - Himalaya, wild edibles, utilization pattern, status.