Do you have any unruly plants on your garden or farm?
This plant has been growing here, at this very same spot for the past 2 years now. What did you say, “You can’t find it, is it?” Exactly my point. Now you can imagine my plight every time I have to look for it!
I have tried everything to transplant it to a different location where the soil is better and where we can take better care of it. But no. It won’t grow anywhere else and would die on us every time we try. It has found its spot somewhere between the Jamun tree and the Sapota (Chikku) tree. And as it grows adamantly only among copious weeds, it is such a challenge to locate it when I want some. I basically just blindly match in the direction that it grows, keeping a keen look out for this plant and after a few minutes of frantic search, I locate it. This is exactly how I have to hunt it down Every. Single. Time.
This adamant creeper is Mudakathan keerai, commonly called Balloon vine in English. You will probably understand why it is called “Balloon” vine if you see this next picture.
After many such blind hunts later, finally some good sense prevailed and I decided to build a make-shift trellis for it. Not that it needs a trellis for support or anything but for my convenience. This way at least, I can easily spot it and it won’t get mowed down during random weeding sessions.
PIC COURTESY – AUTHOR’S OWN
Of all the common leafy greens we consume, this one is considered “The Best Greens” for joint pain, swelling in the joints and is effective for rheumatoid arthritis and various other ailments. Mudakathan is used in Indian traditional medicine system for the treatment of rheumatism, lumbago, cough, nervous diseases, stiffness of limbs. For more on this just google it up and it will provide you a truckload of information on health benefits.
I usually make Mudakathan dosai and mudakathan keerai with dal. It’s very easy to use. Just pluck some leaves and grind it into a paste along with a green chilli and mix it with your dosa batter for an instant healthy breakfast or dinner option. For gravies, just use it as you would use your spinach for dal. Simple yet highly nutritious.
I am just happy it has an address on my farm and that too a re-traceable address, if you know what I mean.
Do you have any spoilt brats in your garden?