Urtica dioica, commonly known as stinging netter, stinger, Bicchu Ghaas, and Kandali in Kumaon and Garhwal regions of Uttarakhand. It is originally native to Europe, Asia and western North Africa. This plant is usually considered as weed, but it has high medical value. Below recipe is for Kandali ka Saag, a dish popular in hilly state of Uttarakhand in India.
This plant has many tiny stinging hair called trichomes which causes stinging sensation upon contact. The stem and leaves are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, iron, sodium and fatty acids. This plaint if very powerful antioxidant.
Medicinal Value: Urtica Dioica have Antimicrobial activities, useful in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), urinary tract infections and helps in alleviating symptoms of osteoarthritis and joint pain.
Native folks of Uttarakhand prepared very tasty curry from leaves of Urica Dioica. In Uttarakhand this plant is known as Kandali/Bicchu Ghaas. This plant also used as punishment for children for their misbehavior/ not focusing in study.
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