5. DIVERSITY ,UTILITY AND ECONOMIC SIGNIFICANCE OF FRUIT VEGETABLE FROM HOMESTEAD GARDENS IN TRIBAL REGION OF KHANDESH (MAHARASHTRA )INDIA by KHAIRNAR1 S.B., PATIL2 M.V. AND D.A. PATIL3
This paper informs about fruit vegetable sources w.r.t. their diversity and traditional utility in view of food security in tribal tehsils of Khandesh region of state of Maharashtra ( India). In all 16 species belonging to 14 genera and 05 families are utilized from homestead gardens(only two species are exotic). Apart from dietary uses, other miscellaneous and traditional use –reports are also studied. Overall subsistence throughout the year is highlighted. Utilisation, apart from the classic purposes, adapted by the tribals is noteworthy.
KEY WORDS: Home Garden, Fruit Vegetable, Khandesh.