Wild Edible Plants in Three Northern Municipalities of Dhading, Nepal – Current Use and Future Potential
Authors: Laxman Joshi, Shambhu Basnet
The study revealed that a large number (170 of total 257 food plants) of WEPs were regularly consumed in the study areas. Around 98% households consumed wild vegetables and over 90% ate wild fruits. WEPs contributed 17% of vegetables, 19% of fruits and 8% of total food consumed. Every household in study villages consumed WEPs in one form or the other. WEPs are important especially for poor households. Due to their diversity, relatively abundance, high nutritional value and no/low cost, WEPs are and should be recognized as an important and affordable local resource to address food and nutrition insecurity. WEPs can also contribute to local income generation. Current national nutrition policy has no mention of WEPs. Recognition and appreciation of the current and future potential of WEPs to address malnutrition is required in nutrition policies, projects and programs. In-depth study on nutritional value of priority WEPs, articulation of local knowledge, domestication and ways to enhance their profile and public perception are recommended.