Neem Flowers

Neem Flowers

Neem tree is indigenous to India and to dry forest of south Asia. It is one of the highly medicinal plant.

Neem leaves, bark, stem, fruits, young shoots, flowers – all these parts are edible. Neem flowers has same medicinal properties as leaves.  Flowers alongwith tender shoots are used as vegetables in India.

  • In many parts of Tamil Nadu, India dried neem flowers are used thoughout the year. Along with turmeric and tamarind a dish namely “veppam poo rasam” or a traditional soup is made out of the flowers.  Little bitter but the taste of this dish is delicious!.
  • Fried dried flowers mixed with rice along with ghee and salt is a very tasty rice dish called “veppam poo saadam”.
  • During new year celebrations neem flowers are used with homemade yogurt to make a dish called “pachadi”.
  • Neem flowers with jaggery is consumed during new year day (Yugadi festival) and it symbolizes balancing of life during tough and happy time.
  • For patients who are suffering from fever and lost their taste neem flower dishes are good.

Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: July 8, 2016

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