Abrus Precatorius Linn.
Botanical name: Abrus precatorius Linn.
Scientific name: Abrus precatorius
Common name (s): Rati Gedi, Lalgedi (Nep), Rufous-throated Fulvetta
English name: Crab’s eye or wild liquorice
Trade name: Toh-azuki (Japanese)
Distribution: tropics and subtropics of Nepal between 300-1100m.
Parts used: Roots, leaves & fruits
The major chemical constituents such as abrol, abrasine, precol and precasine from the roots. Seeds are rich in several essential amino acids like serine, alanine, valine, choline and methyl ester. Seeds are poisonous and contain principle compound Abrine, Abraline, Abrasine, Abricin, Abrin, Abrusgenic-acid, Abrusgenic-acid-methyl-ester, Abruslactone, Abrussic-acid, Anthocyanins, Calcium, Campesterol, Choline, Cycloartenol, Delphinidin, Gallic-acid, Glycyrrhizin, Hypaphorine, and more.
As a traditional jewelry
The seeds of Abrus precatorius are much valued in native jewelry for their bright coloration. Most beans are black and red, suggesting a ladybug, though other colors are available. Jewelry-making with jequirity seeds is dangerous, and there have been cases of death by a finger-prick while boring the seeds for beadwork.
As a traditional medicine
The white variety is used to prepare oil that is claimed to be an aphrodisiac. A tea is made from the leaves and used to treat fevers, coughs and colds. Seeds are poisonous and therefore are used after mitigation. Leaves are used inskin diseases and leucoderma. Roots diuretic, tonic is used in gonorrhea, jaundice and haemogloninuric bile. The oil made from the seed is highly used in Ayurveda because it is said to promote/stimulate hair growth. It is sometimes used as an ingredient in hair products.
We provide the raw of Abrus precatorius in different size and shapes as per customers’ choice and requirements. We usually use jute bags, carton boxes etc. for packing.