Fight sum­mer flames with the for­est flame

Down to Earth - - EDITOR’S PAGE -

Palash or flame-of-the­for­est is na­tive to the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent. Its bright or­ange-red flow­ers that bloom ev­ery spring around the Hindu fes­ti­val of Holi have sev­eral ther­a­peu­tic prop­er­ties. They re­lieve uri­nary and men­strual prob­lems. But more than that, they are nat­u­ral coolants and pro­vide pro­tec­tion from sun­stroke. Recipes from our book First Food show how the flow­ers can be used to make a sher­bet that can fight the sum­mer flames.

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