By Dr Renita D’Souza
White jute is a natural source of jute fiber. The plant is used as vegetable and also possesses medicinal values. It is used as a remedy for indigestion, fever, ascites, tumors, cystitis, dysuria and gonorrhea etc. It is called Kala Shaaka in Ayurveda. Its seed is known to be purgative in nature. Leaves act as laxative and can be used in piles. It is a good source of antioxidant and hence can be used to prevent cardiac diseases, diabetes, hypertension, cancer etc.
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The fiber extracted from this plant is considered to be finer and higher quality than fiber from Corchorus olitorius. Young leaves and shoots are used in salads or cooked as vegetable. In areas with hot summers it is used as substitute for spinach. Dried leaves are used in soups to make it thick. In Japan, the dry jute leaves…