This yam is loaded with antispasmodic, inflammation fighting, carminative, appetizing, digestive and stomachic properties. Vitamin B6 and antispasmodic properties of this yam helps prevent and cure the symptoms of PMS or Pre Menstrual Syndrome. The tuber harvested from November to February is easy to grow. It grows wild in Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries. For piles, Elephant Yam and Mahua flowers are pounded and taken twice a day for one month. It is dried and used in the treatment of piles and dysentery. Remove it and keep on the tissue paper to soak extra oil. Not just Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, but Diosgenin compound is also said to be quite effective in preventing the formation of cancerous cells. These all nutrients not only help prevent signs of aging but also keep your skin glowing and younger looking. Add lemon juice, stir for one minute and turn off the gas. Elephant foot yam is incredibly high in antioxidants . Often, the yam comes in two varieties—the wild and the cultivated. Leaves are also eaten and are used to make a special leaf based curry. It is mainly caused due to chronic constipation, too much straining, excessive sitting and eating spicy, oily and unhealthy foods. The tuber is underground stem. The plant is found growing in secondary forest, shrub forests, coastal monsoon forests and thickets or highly disturbed areas and in dappled shade or fully exposed areas and grasslands in arid valley areas. The scientific name of elephant foot yam is Amorphophallus paeoniifolius, which belongs to the Araceae family. Elephant yam is a low calorie food which is fully packed with dietary fiber. Indigenous Sakai eats the tubers after pounding and prolonged cooking in Malaysia. How did elephants evolve such a large brain? Elephant foot yam is best known for its hepato-protective activity. In Bangladesh, it is usually eaten as mashed and added to curries and, more rarely, pickles. Choosing a Quality Meal kit Subscription Service. Deficiency of beta-carotene is responsible for dry hair, split ends and flaky scalp. Disclaimer, e-mail: [email protected] Take a kadhai. It treats abdominal pain, dysentery and spleen enlargement. Amorphophallus campanulatus f. darnleyensis F.M.Bailey, Amorphophallus campanulatus var. It yields to waterlogging and heavy clayey soil; hence, good drainage is needed. But a genetic study in 2017 have shown that Indian populations of elephant foot yams have lower genetic diversity than those in Island Southeast Asia, thus it is now believed that elephant foot yams originated from Island Southeast Asia and spread westwards into Thailand and India, resulting in three independent domestication events. Press the cubes and again deep fry them. It slows down the process of aging by making one’s skin blemish-free and wrinkle-free. Eating fiber rich food will keep you full for longer and as a result you’ll eat less. During one such weekend in the scorching summer of May, I discovered the flower of elephant foot yam (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius). Tubers are used as appetizer, aphrodisiac, expectorant, irritant and anti-catarrhal and for liver complaints, tumors, inflammation, hemorrhoids, vomiting, cough, bronchitis, asthma, piles, abdominal pains, dyspepsia and acute rheumatism and for treating spleen enlargement in Indian traditional medicine. Braganza explains that anthocyanin present in the flower lends it its beautiful purplish or pinkish colour. They die after five days. It has an awesome store house of skin friendly nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and various minerals. © Copyright Down To Earth 2020. There are various reasons that show the goodness of this vegetable for heart health and they are. Elephant foot yam is also said to be possessing antibacterial agents which help in keeping away infections. Starch from the tuber is used as food for diabetic persons, and the petiole is soaked in water and cooked in Vietnam. This juice is said to be a great weight loss aid. A tropical climate is suitable for growing elephant foot yam. Elephant Foot curry), oal bharta or chokha, pickles and chutney. Due to its resemblance to the foot of an elephant, it is called elephant foot yam. The plant prefers friable, deep loamy non alkaline soil. One has to cut a part of the corm and bury it in the soil. Corm is thought as carminative, restorative, stomachic and tonic. Rootlets are thin. It not only cleanses toxins and pathogens out of the body, but also builds up good bacteria to improve immunity. Because of this reason, it is also referred to as famine food. It is a good source of carbohydrates, and is rich in vitamins B6, B1 and riboflavin, folic acid and niacin. (The author is a freelance journalist based in Goa), (This article was first published in Down To Earth's print edition dated June 16-30, 2019). All rights reserved. You can further help us by making a donation. Intake of elephant foot yam juice may cause side effects like vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and headache. In Chhattisgarh, it is eaten as curry and is a delicacy among people. Cheeky Yam, Corpse Flower, Corpse Plant, Elephant Foot Yam, Elephant Yam, Stink Lily, Telinga Potato, Voodoo Lily, White-Spot Giant Arum, Sweet yam and pungapung are some of the most popular common names of the plant. The Elephant Foot Yam produces but just a single leaf split into multiple leaflets borne on a dark green stem with pale green blotches. The high fiber content in elephant foot yam shows toxin detoxification in the liver. Add the water as per the requirement. We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Down To Earth is a product of our commitment to make changes in the way we manage our environment, protect health and secure livelihoods and economic security for all. The health benefits of elephant foot yam are LOWERING CHOLESTEROL Elephant We believe strongly that we can and must do things differently. The elephant-foot yam is a widely used medicine and is a divine cure for bronchitis, asthma, abdominal pain, emesis, dysentery and other such diseases. It also contains beta-carotene. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition. campanulatus Sivad, Amorphophallus paeoniifolius var. Even in some African countries, rituals are associated with this yam. As an effective anticoagulant, elephant foot yam can be helpful in reducing the risks of heart attacks. It is hardy in tropical areas when planted in rich, well-drained soil in a sheltered, humid position. You all know this fact that Elephant Yam has a low glycemic index and therefore people with diabetes can freely enjoy it without any fear of blood-sugar spike. Ideally, the dried peels of kokum (Garcinia indica) are added to it. Corm is used for dropsy, urinary diseases, dyspepsia, toothache, rheumatism, boils, fistula, colitis, hemorrhoids, diuretic, piles, elephantiasis and glandular swellings in Sri Lanka. Elephant foot yam is known to have a great effect in lowering the levels of bad cholesterol in the body. In 24–36 hours, after the first bloom of the inflorescence, the inflorescence’s female flowers start developing into cylindrical berries crowded on the spadix, about 1.5 cm in diameter. It is a stem less herb, with tuberous roots. The exotic flower is eaten widely in the rural parts of the state for a few days before the advent of monsoon. One can distinguish between the two based on the colour of the stem. It is readily available in monsoon season. Species epithet ‘paeoniifolius’ means having leaves like Peony (Paeonia), and is named after ancient Greek physician Paeon, who was thought to be the first to use plants medicinally.