Environment, Development and Sustainability

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 303–319 | Cite as

Therapeutic uses of edible plants in Bangalore city, India: combining health with cooking practices through home herbal gardens



This article examines the therapeutic uses and perceptions of edible plants cultivated in home herbal gardens in the city of Bangalore, Southern India. We suggest that an examination of edible plants within a therapeutic context facilitates a more comprehensive understanding of the role that plants play both in the diet and in the health of urban populations such as in Bangalore. We conclude by reinforcing the importance of promoting awareness of the combined value of medicinal and edible plants through their cultivation in home gardens and the role of local health knowledge in health promotion.


Home herbal gardens Edible plants Traditional medicine Women India 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada
  2. 2.Ontario Health Human Resources Research NetworkUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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