Botanical Name: Withania coagulans
- English: Paneer dodi
- Sanskrit: Rishyagandha
- Unani: Desi Asgandh, Kaaknaj-e-Hindi, Paneer, Paneer-band, Akri
- Also, known as: Paneer phool, Panner doda, Paneer doda, Panir bed, Paneer dhodi, Indian Rennet, Vegetable Rennet, Paneer booti, Indian Cheese-maker, Ammukkura, Punir, Punir bandh, Binputakah, Asvagandha, Asvagandha, Kaknaj, Asgandha, Khamjaria, Khamjira, Punirjafota, Punirband, Kaknajehindi, Punirbad, Javzulmizaja, Kaknajehindi, Spiubajja, Asvagandhi, Panneru-gadda, Hab kaknaj, Ning gu shui qie, Puni-ke-bij, Tukhme-kaknajehidi, Tukhme-kaknaje-hidi, Spiubajja, Khamjira, and Punir-ja-fota.
Harvested: Wild or cultivated
Parts Used: Fruit
Withania coagulans is commonly recognized as ‘Indian cheese maker’ or ‘vegetable rennet’ because fruits and leaves of this flora are applied as a coagulant. One tablespoonful of which is capable to coagulate a gallon of milk in just an hour. The berries of W. coagulans are commonly used to clot milk which is called, ‘paneer’. The milk of buffalo or sheep is boiled and treated with crushed berries of the plant, tied in a fabric. This causes the milk to curdle within half an hour. Withania coagulans, is a rigid, gray-whitish small shrub, about 60-120 cm tall, branches terete, clothed with dense grey or yellowish-white tomentum. The leaves are about 2-7 cm long and 1.5 cm broad, usually lanceolate-oblong, sometimes ovate, obtuse, very short-stalked, of uniform color on both sides, thick, rugose, base acute, and running down into an often-obscure petiole; petiole 6 mm. long but often indistinct. The flowers are about 7-12 mm across, yellowish, and are dioecious and polygamous in nature. The flowers are found in axillary cymosely clusters. The berries are about 7-12 mm in diameter, red, smooth, and enclosed in leathery calyx. The seeds are dark brown, ear-shaped, glabrous with a sharp fruity smell.
In ancient system of medicine, many plants have been reported to be useful to cure various health problems and diseases. Herbalism refers to traditional or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. Charaka Samhita and Sushrusha Samhita give an extensive description on various medicinal plants. Medicinal plants play an important role in the development of new herbal drugs. Today, there are so many pharmaceutical prescriptions in the United States contain at least one plant-derived ingredient and Withania coagulans is one of the important medicinal plants.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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