Scientific Name
Group : Angiosperm (Dicotyledon)
Family : Trapaceae
Genus : Trapa
Species : natans Linn.
Common Name
English Name : Water chestnut
Hindi Name : Singara/ paniphal
Manipuri Name : Heikak
Other Details
Habit : Aquatic rooted herb
Parts Use : Whole plant
Preparation : Fresh vines are commonly served as, traditional salad or cooked. Shoot crushed for paste preparation.
Mode of use : Fresh
Ingredients : Plant contains thiamine, riboflavin, nicotinic acid, vitamin C, A, oxalates and b-amylase. The starch isolated from the flour consists about 15% amylose and amylopectin.
Ailment Treated : The plant is used to enhance blood circulation and leucorrhoea. Fresh tender kernels are sweet, delicious, nutritious and a good source of minerals and carbohydrates. The fruit are astringent, cooling, constipating, diuretic, antipyretic, appetizer and tonic.
Source : Found in lake and other low lying marshes and also cultivated in ponds.