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Plant a laddoo

Laddoo seeds  

The eCoexist Ganeshas for 2012 bring a special blessing in their laddus! With every Ganesha idol you will get a laddoo free!Watch out - these laddoos are not to be eaten - they have to be planted! Each laddoo contains the seed of a tree and after your pooja is over, you can plant this laddoo and watch the tree grow until the next Ganesha season!

Our 'plant-a-laddoos ' contains seeds of

  • Shami
  • Bibba
  • Behda
  • Sagargota
  • Chinch
  • Babul
With many thanks to OIKOS  and Mahendra Ghagare for supplying us the seeds.
Plant a laddoo poster  
 About the trees: (Source: Wikipedia)      
Shami : Prosopis cineraria is a species of flowering tree in the pea family, Fabaceae,The wood of P. cineraria is a good fuel source, and provides excellent charcoal. The leaves and pods are consumed by livestock and are a beneficial forage.
In Rajasthan, India, P. cineraria is grown in an agroforestry setting in conjunction with millet.The tree is well-suited for an agroforestry setting, because it has a single-layered canopy, it is a nitrogen fixer (thus enriching the soil), and its deep roots avoid competition for water with crops.
  Bibba : Semecarpus anacardium It is known as bhallatak (Hindi: भल्लातक) in India and was called "marking nut" by Europeans, because it was used by washermen to mark cloth and clothing before washing, as it imparted a water insoluble mark to the cloth. It is also known as ker beeja in Kannada and bibba in Marathi.  
 Behda : Terminalia bellirica Two varieties of T. belerica are found in India, one with nearly globular fruit, 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter, the other with ovate and much larger fruit. The pulp of the fruit (Beleric myrobalan) is considered by Hindu physicians to be astringent and laxative, and is prescribed with salt and long pepper in affections of the throat and chest. As a constituent of the triphala (three fruits), i.e., emblic, beleric and chebulic myrobalans, it is employed in a great number of diseases, and the kernel is sometimes used as an external application to inflamed parts.     Sagargota: Caesalpinia bonduc, commonly known as Gray Nicker, is a species of flowering plant in the senna family, Caesalpiniaceae, that has a pantropical distribution. It is a vine-like shrub that reaches a length of 6 m and scrambles over other vegetation.  
Chinch : Tamarind The name ultimately derives from Arabic tamr-hindī, meaning "date of India". Several early medieval herbalists and physicians wrote tamar indi, medieval Latin use was tamarindus, and Marco Polo wrote of tamarandi. The fruit pulp is edible. The hard green pulp of a young fruit is considered by many to be too sour and acidic, but is often used as a component of savory dishes, as a pickling agent   Babul: Acacia nilotica (gum arabic tree) In part of its range smallstock consume the pods and leaves, but elsewhere it is also very popular with cattle. Pods are used as a supplement to poultry rations in India.  
The laddoos are made by inserting the seeds into a ball of cowdung which is then painted with turmeric. NON EDIBLE.      



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