The ripe fruit of this palm causes some kind of temporary allergy.
Especially if after touching it, you get wet. Had a bad experience
when I was in my twenties.
On Sun, May 23, 2010 at 3:33 PM, Dinesh Valke <dinesh...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Arecaceae (palm family) » Caryota urens
> kair-ee-OH-tuh or kar-RY-oh-tuh -- from the Greek karyon (nut)
> UR-ens -- burning or stinging
> commonly known as: bastard sago tree, fishtail palm, jaggery palm, toddy
> palm, wine palm • Hindi: बन खजूर ban-khajur, माड़ी mari • Kannada: ಬಯ್ನೆ
Once when I consumed it Anand ji, it was adulterated one. May be urea was present to increase the rate of fermentation. It resulted in over 12 loose motions. I called to Maharani Hospital, Jagdalpur. They simply said that once Sulfi is out of body the problem will be solved. After sometime the problem solved without any medicine.
When I discussed it with the Traditional Healers they simply laughed and said that one must know the "Art of Taking such drinks".
Sulfi is part of Traditional Healing and as medicine it is given to patients suffering from different diseases. For patients allergic to this drink the Healers have long list of herbs and herbal formulations to nullify its allergic effects.
I spent very pleasant couple of years at Bastar. It is said that the tribal who has one or more plants of Salfi is rich and will not have any difficulty in getting a bride. The neera is both nutritious and intoxicating in the evening after it is fermented during the day. Once I drank a glass of salfi everyday for a week or so hearing of its beneficial qualities. . There was some allergic reaction it seems and I had acute pain in my calf muscles and knees. At first I did not care but when it recurred the second time, I gave up drinking salfi. It is a beautiful plant in the early years, though not so good to look at when it grows old.
Good set of photos Dinesh.
Arecaceae (palm family) » Caryota urens
kair-ee-OH-tuh or kar-RY-oh-tuh -- from the Greek karyon (nut)
UR-ens -- burning or stinging
commonly known as: bastard sago tree, fishtail palm, jaggery palm, toddy palm, wine palm • Hindi: बन खजूर ban-khajur, माड़ी mari • Kannada: ಬಯ್ನೆ bayne • Konkani: बिरलोमाड birlomaad • Malayalam: ചൂണ്ടപ്പന cuuntappana • Marathi: भेरली माड bherli-maad, सुरमाड sur-maad • Sanskrit: श्रीताल sritalah • Tamil: கூந்தற்பனை kuntaypanai, திப்பிலிப்பனை tippili-p-panai • Telugu: జిలుగు jeelugu
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