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Trichosanthes multiloba is a Perennial Climber
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
E. Asia - China, central and southern Japan and the eastern Himalayas.
Found at elevations between 600 and 1,800 metres in the Himalayas
Requires a rich well-drained soil and plenty of moisture in the growing season[
This species is not winter hardy in Britain and usually requires greenhouse cultivation. However, it may be possible to grow it as a spring-sown annual in a very warm sheltered bed outdoors[
Closely related to T. palmata, and possibly no more than a form of that species, it differs only in its fruit.
An edible starch is obtained from the root[
]. It requires leeching[
]. The root is harvested in the autumn, cut into thick slices, soaked for 4 - 5 days in water, changing the water daily until the root disintegrates and can be mashed into a fine pulp. It is then steamed into cakes or used for making dumplings[
]. The starch is mixed with wheat or rice flour and made into crackers, dumplings, noodles etc.
Antitussive, astringent, diuretic, febrifuge, tonic[
An oil from the seed is used for lighting[
Seed - sow early spring in pots in a warm greenhouse in a rich soil. Sow 2 - 3 seeds per pot and thin to the strongest plant. Grow them on fast and plant out after the last expected frosts. Give some protection, such as a frame or cloche, until the plants are growing away well.