Saturday, 25 July 2009

Bathua


English Name: Fat-hen / White Goosefoot / Goosefoot

Common Indian Name (Hindi): Bathua

  • Bathua, the Chenopodium album is a fast-growing weedy annual plant in the genus Chenopodium. Fat Hen, White Goosefoot, Lamb's-quarters, Pigweed or dungweed are the common names of Bathua.
  • The leaves and young shoots are eaten as leaf vegetables. These are cooked with potato, chicken, or meat to make a saag dish. When mixed with yogurt, sauce (raita) is made which is a favorite dish in North India.
  • Bathua is available only in winter season. However, it should be eaten in moderation due to high levels of oxalic acid.
  • Each plant produces tens of thousands of black seeds. As the English common name suggests, it is also a very good feed (both the leaves and the seeds) for chickens (hens) and other poultry.
  • Bathua has medicinal uses in some skin conditions. Its oil is used to treat hookworms.
  • It is said to be high in vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, trace minerals, iron and fiber.

1 comment:

rapant said...

Bathua makes me nostalgic as my family back home would make raita, paratha and sabzi from this wonderful green.
Here in NJ, a friend showed me that bathua grows like a weed in our garden along with Chaulai(another green vegetable which was cooked back home in India).

Wonderful blog.
Hope you continue to write.