Elephant yam is commonly known as suran or jimikand. Its scientific name is Amorphophallus paeoniifolius and belongs to family Araceae. Three local varieties of elephant yam are found in India, namely Gajendra, Sree Padma and Kusum.

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It is a local staple food in several countries and is cultivated as an intercrop with turmeric and bananas. Elephant yam is the herbaceous, perennial crop of south-eastern Asian origin and has attained the status of cash crop in India. Elephant yam is a potential tropical tuber crop.

What are the properties of Suran?
  • Antiprotease.
  • Analgesic.
  • Cytotoxic.
  • Potentiator when used with antibiotics.
  • Aphrodisiac.
  • Rejuvenative.


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