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Konda Reddi tribal families-bamboo shoots form a recipe to health and happiness

  • To the member of Konda Reddi, dried bamboo shoots form an essential part of the dietary chart. It is because of the belief of them being highly nutritious.



  • The Konda Reddi tribal families hang the garlands of bamboo shoots on the roofs of their dwellings and dry them for a week.
  • After about a week, when the shoots are fully dried, the families store them for consumption till the next monsoon.
  • The tribal people inhabiting the forest are entitled to collect every form of bamboo tree, which is classified as Minor Forest Produce (MFP).
  • They have the right to exploit its commercial value for their livelihood.

Minor Forest Produce (MFP): MFP includes all non-timber forest produce of plant origin and includes bamboo, canes, fodder, leaves, gums, waxes, dyes, resins, and many forms of food including nuts, wild fruits, honey, lac, tusser, etc.

Nutritious Value:

  • People of the tribe believe that bamboo shoots are highly nutritious.
  • The dried bamboo shoots are a part of their diet during the monsoon.
  • It is believed that it improves their immunity against viral fevers.

Growing Trend:

  • For generations, bamboo shoots are an integral part of the people of the Konda Reddi tribe’s food chart.
  • But nowadays, even non-tribes have started consuming them in view of their nutritious value.
  • The tribal people collect the shoots both for their own consumption and for sale.

Bamboo shoots as a food:

  • A bamboo shoot is dried for a week.
  • Later, it is boiled and used in the preparation of a variety of dishes such as mixed vegetable curry and dal.
  • The dried shoots can also be stored in powder form.
  • At least six dishes can be prepared with the shoots.

Konda Tribe:

  • It is one of the most backward tribal groups in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
  • They inhabit on both the banks of the Godavari River (East and West Godavari districts), in the hilly-forest region of Khammam (Telangana) and Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh).
  • They live in the interior forest areas largely cut off from the mainstream.
  • Traditionally, they were shifting cultivators, and recently, some of them have adopted settled agriculture and horticulture.
  • Collection of non-timber forest products and basket-making supplement the sources of their livelihood.
  • Their mother tongue is Telugu with a unique accent.
  • Konda Reddis has also been recognized as a Primitive Tribal Group (now Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group).
  • The Konda Reddis are known for their eco-friendly practices such as the use of household articles made of bamboo, bottle gourd, and seed.

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