First Food: Celebrating India's Food Biodiversity

The eco tree

The eco tree

Many tribal communities consume semal because of its medicinal properties. Others worship the tree. A clan of the Bhil tribe in Rajasthan protects the tree because they consider it a tree totem

Delightful appearance

Delightful appearance

For tribal people, the thrill of food lies in the knowledge and awareness about picking the right food at the right time

Intoxicatingly delicious

Intoxicatingly delicious

With increasing urbanisation and changing food habits, very few people are aware of the mahua fruit and its oil, let alone its health benefits

Rice for kings

Rice for kings

Black rice is indigenous to the Northeast, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha. In Manipur, it is considered food as well as part of traditional medicine

A fruitful journey

A fruitful journey

A food safari in the desert of Rajasthan reveals a variety difficult to imagine in cities

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