Immunizing the Human Body: The Role of Non-Descript and Traditional Edible Green Leaves


Dr. A.B. Sharangi¹
Dr. S. K. Acharya
Dr. S. Das

¹Faculty of Horticulture, BCKV-Agricultural University, India

Series: Health Care in Transition
BISAC: MED004000

The entire human civilization is now facing the disastrous impact of the pandemic. It seems to pose an apocalyptic consequence unless there is a vaccine in existence. Out of so many options, one option is creating immunity in the absence of a real vaccine. So immunizing human health and life can be and would be the most important option in combating COVID-19. Now the question is how to build up this herd immunity. The present book takes into account accumulated facts, information and technology to describe green vegetables as a fresh source and booster of human immunity free from application of pernicious chemicals in the form of pesticides, fertilizers etc. The food should be strong enough to contribute to one’s immunity. The authors hope that this book will create a long-lasting impact, away from the classical way of building immunity.




A. Chapter One – Non-descript land: scope of edible green leaf production for immunity
(S K Acharya, PhD and A B Sharangi, PhD)

B. Chapter Two – Food crisis of the planet: A non descript pathway to
fight hunger and malnutrition
(Anannya Chakraborty,PhD and S K Acharya, PhD)

C. Chapter Three – Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge of non-descript edible green leaves in attaining clean and healthy food (Riti chatterjee)

D. Chapter Four – Immunity and Nutrition (Rama Das,PhD and S K Acharya, PhD)

E. Chapter Five – Non descript edible green leaves: Production Technology
(S Das, PhD and A B Sharangi, PhD)
1. Amrul, Creeping wood sorrel, Sleeping beauty (Oxalis corniculata)
2. Ol, Elephant foot yam (Amorphophallus campanulatus)
3. Kalmi, Water spinach, Water morning glory (Ipomea aquatica)
4. Chalkumro, Ash gourd, White gourd, Wax gourd (Benincasa hispida)
5. Kantanote, Spiny amaranth, Thorny amaranth (Amaranthus spinosus)
6. Kochu, Taro, Cocoyam, Dasheen (Colocasia esculenta Schot)
7. Khesarei, Grass pea, Indian pea, Chickling vetch (Lathyrus sativus)
8. Gadalpata, Stinkvine, Skunkvine, Chinese fever vine (Paederia foetida)
9. Gima, Bitter cumin, Bitter leaf, Indian chickweed (Glinus oppositifolious)
10. Chikni, Common knotweed, Small knotweed (Polygonum plebejium)
11. Chhola, Gram, Bengal gram, Egyptian pea (Cicer arietinum)
12. Tokpalong s, Flame flower (Talinum portulacifolium)
13. Datanote, Green amaranth, Slender amaranth (Amaranthus viridis)
14. Telakuchu, Ivy gourd, Scarlet gourd, Tindora (Coccinia cordifolia)
15. Thankuni, Indian Pennywort, Centella, Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)
16. Dhone, Coriander, Cilantro, Chinese parsley (Coriandrum sativum)
17. Nune, Parsley, Duckweed, Little hogweed (Portulaca quadrifida)
18. Punarnova, Red spiderling, Spreading hogweed (Boerhaavia diffusa)
19. Palta,Pointed gourd, Parwal (Trichosanthes dioica)
20. Pat, Tossa jute, Jew’s mallow, West African sorrel (Corchorus olitorius)
21. Pui, Malabar spinach, Ceylon spinach, Vine spinach (Basella alba)
22. Palong, Common spinach, Spinach (Spinacia oleracea)
23. Pudina, Spearmint, Garden mint (Mentha spicata)
24. Bon peyaj, Welsh onion, Bunching onion, Spring onion (Allium fistulosum)
25. Brahmi, Water hyssop, Herb of grace (Bacopa monnieri)
26. Bathua, Lamb’s quarters, Goosefoot, Wild spinach (Chenopodium album)
27. Biliti dhonepata, Mexican/Long/Sawtooth coriander (Eringium foetidum)
28. Bokful, sesbania, vegetable hummingbird (Sesbania grandiflora)
29. Misti alu, Sweet potato, Spanish potato (Ipomea batatas)
30. Methi, Greek-clover, Greek hay (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
31. Mulo, Daikon (Rephanus sativus L)
32. Jowan, Ajowan (Trachypermum ammi)
33. Salinche, Sessile Joyweed, Dwarf copperleaf (Altenanthera sessilis)
34. Sushni, European water clover (Marsilea quadrifolia)
35. Sufola, Sathakuppai, Sowa (Anethum graveolens L)
36. Sajina, Horseradish tree (Moringa oleifera L)
37. Setberale, Arrowleaf sida, Jelly leaf, (Sida rhombifolia L)
38. Helencha, Buffalo spinach (Enhydra fluctuans)
39. Kalkasunda, Coffeeweed, Negro coffee (Cassia occidentalis L)
40. Gaeden Cress, Garden leek, Pepperweed (Lepidium sativum)
41. Leek, Garden leek (Allium ampeloprasum/porrum)
42. Celery, Ajmod, Ajwain-ka-patta (Apium graveolens)
43. Lettuce, Milkweed (Lactuca sativa L)
44. Gajor, Carrot, Bird’s nest, Bishop’s lace (Daucus carota L)
45. Dheki, Maidenhair creeper (Lygodium flezeuoshm (LSW))
46. Parseley, Garden parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
47. Jayanti, Sesban (Sesbania aegyptica pers)
48. Rai sorshe, Summer rape, Winter rape (Brassica napus)

F. Chapter Six Epilogue (A B Sharangi, PhD and S K Acharya, PhD)

G. Bibliography


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