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Why do Tripura tribes love forest vegetables so much?

The tribes of Tripura state are known as Borok Dophas and also known as Tiprasa. They call themselves the Borok caste and use the Kokborok language. In terms of vegetables, they prefer Borok vegetables. The common people in the world who eat vegetables also like Borok vegetables. These two types of vegetables include those obtained from jhum cultivation and those collected from the forest. Here we will learn about the history, culture, and customs of the tribes of Tripura.

Sita Rani Debbarma explains why Borok vegetables are preferred and what makes them so special. Borok vegetables have been consumed since ancient times. Borok" vegetables are considered to be our staple food, and consuming them is very beneficial for our health. Borok curry is prepared without oil, which is why most people in the Tripura Tribe prefer it. Currently, these vegetables are easily available in the market. Everyone likes these foods now, and among them, my favorites are Mwikhumulwichok, Thalwimukumu, and Khokleng.

Dharma Devi Jamatia" says, "We have been eating these (Borok vegetables) since birth, and we like them very much. Our parents also feed us this. Borok vegetables do not have any kind of medicine; they can be found in the forest and in the fields. Moreover, we do not like any other vegetable as much as Borok vegetables. Especially for the sake of good health, we prefer to eat Borok vegetables.

Tripura indigenous youth Marsel Debbarma says I prefer Borok vegetables more because no kind of oil is used to make curry from them." We know that curries made with oil are harmful to our bodies. That's why we eat jungle vegetables and Cha Borok for food.

In Tripura's forest land, various types of vegetables are produced, such as bamboo shoots, ferns, mushrooms, and other seasonal vegetables. Borok vegetables not only provide nutrition but also flavor.

Apart from their cultural significance, wild greens are an important source of livelihood for many sub-tribes in Tripura. They are often collected and sold in local markets, serving as a dependable source of sustenance for many families.

This article has been created as a part of the Adivasi Awaaz project, with the support of Misereor and Prayog Samaj Sevi Sanstha.


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