Phutka leaves or Solanum Nigrum is a herb related to potato. It is popularly known as makoi or phutka and is available from January until its fruiting season during March and April. Consumption of leaves as food is a widespread practice in Africa and Southeast Asia. According to The Wealth of India, published by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the leaves of phutka are a rich source of vitamin, especially vitamin C and its berries are used for relief in fever, diarrhoea and ulcers. The fresh extract of the twig is used to treat jaundice.
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