Bathua / Chakravarithi Keerai / Paruppu Keerai

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Botanical Name: Chenopodium album

Common name: Bathua, fat hen, lamb’s quarters, white goose foot

Tamil Name: சக்கரவர்த்தி கீரை Chakravarthi keerai, பருப்புக்கீரை Paruppu keerai

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Bathua can be eaten as a vegetable, either steamed in entirety, or the leaves cooked like spinach as a leaf vegetable. Each plant produces tens of thousands of black seeds. These are very nutritious, high in protein, vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. As the English common name suggests, it is also a very good feed (both the leaves and the seeds) for chickens (hens) and other poultry.

Bathua / Chakravarithi Keerai / Paruppu Keerai