Punarnava Boerhavia diffusa
Punarnava is a creeping perennial herb that is found growing as a weed throughout India.
‘Punarnava’ means ‘to be born anew’ in Sanskrit. It is also called ‘pigweed’ because pigs eat it when they have tapeworms.
This might not be the most pleasant of thoughts but is one of those great examples of how animals have used nature for optimising their health forever…….
The roots of this creeping perennial are highly prized in Ayurveda so it is lucky that it grows freely across the subcontinent.
The crops we utilise are from an organic farm in Karnataka where it is encouraged to grow as a natural intercrop in coconut plantations.
Its tiny pink flowers bloom throughout the year sprinkling the ground with hotspots of colour.