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An encyclopedia of edible fruits of the world.

About Dr. Chiranjit Parmar

Dr. Parmar was born at Mandi, Himachal Pradesh in 1939. He did his Ph.D. in horticulture from the University of Udaipur in 1972.
Dr. Parmar has worked in many universities and private companies in India and abroad. He is the most widely travelled fruit scientist in India having experience of working in all the climatic regions of the world. He has been to 34 countries in all the continents of the world.
Most research of Dr. Parmar has been on wild growing and lesser known fruits.He is now known internationally for his work on Himalayan wild fruits.
Dr. Parmar is a prolific writer. Besides a book and a CD ROM, he has written hundreds of articles on fruits in Indian and foreign magazines as well as newspapers. His cartoon strip, “FRUIT FACTS’ containing little known interesting facts about various fruits was published by a prominent English daily in its weekly supplement for three years.
Besides writing on his subject of fruits, Dr. Parmar has also started documenting interesting anecdotes from his lifelong experiences, especially during his overseas travels, in his blog, “AROUND THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF FRUITS, FRIENDS AND NEW EXPERIENCES”, which can bee seen at the link, fruitipedia.blogspot.com. At the moment, there are 72 posts in this blog which have been viewed by over 1,34,000 persons.
Fruitipedia was hosted by Dr. Parmar in 2008 with articles on 200 fruits. Articles have been continuously added to it. Fruitipedia has been viewed by over 3.2 million people since then. It gets between 1000 to 1500 hits every day. Dr. Parmar’s dream was that Fruitipedia should contain introductory information about ALL fruits of the world and he has been continuously working on that.
Fruitipedia was originally prepared in HTML which is now getting outdated and not conveniently accessible in modern devices like smartphones and tabs. So, it was decided to revamp the whole web site in Word Press. The result is before you.

2 October, 2018

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This CD, which is PDF format,  has basic information about 30 wild growing fruits, 11 wild growing nuts and 10 wild growing edible plants.  The information has been presented as 203 Power Point slides.  The CD also has 153 pictures (89 of fruits, 22 of nuts and 36 of wild edible plants).

My book, WILD FRUITS OF THE SUB-HIMALAYAN REGION, that was published in 1982, contained information about 26 wild fruits only.  It had only 25 black and white plates of just ordinary quality. I continued working on these plants after 1982 too and the CD is the outcome of that work.

The CD has recently been reviewed in Summer 2007 issue of Pomona.  A copy of this review is also being given below.

Price: US$15 payable in advance into PayPal account parmarch@sancharnet.in or through Western Union Money Transfer.

Wild fruits

  1. Wild Pear Shiara – Pyrus serotina
  2. Kaphal – Myrica nagi
  3. Lassora – Cordia obliqua
  4. Dheu – Artocarpus lakoocha
  5. Wild Date – Phoenix sylvestris
  6. Taryambal – Ficus roxburghii
  7. Bael – Aegle marmelos
  8. Wild sour pomegranate
  9. Kashmal – Berberis aristata
  10. Ghain – Eleagnus umbellata
  11. Aakhe – Rubus ellipticus
  12. Wild Apricot – Zardalu
  13. Wild pear –Kainth – Pyrus pashia
  14. Himalayan wild amla
  15. Fegra – Ficus palmata
  16. Wild Apricot – Chulli
  17. Amlook – Diospyros tomentosa
  18. Nalakhe – Rubus niveus
  19. Wild Peach – Kateru
  20. Karondu – Carissa spinarum
  21. Wild Grape – Bhambti
  22. Wild Peach – Aran
  23. Wild Grape – Bhambay
  24. Curry leaf plant – Himalayan strain
  25. Prickly pear – Opuntia dillenii
  26. Wild strawberry
  27. Wild cape gooseberry
  28. Hill banana
  29. Kangu – Flacourtia sapida
  30. Wild Apricot – Sarha

Wild Nuts

  1. Pine nut – Pinus gerardiana
  2. Thangi – Corylus jaquemonti
  3. Horse chestnut – Aesculus indicus
  4. Wild Walnut
  5. Bahera – Terminalia
  6. Bitter almond
  7. Behmi – Prunus mira

Wild Growing Edible Plants

    1. Fegri – Ficus palmata
    2. Lingad – Pteridium aquililium
    3. Taradi – Dioscorea spp.
    4. Chhoochh ka saag – Water hyacinth
    5. Bathu – Chenopodium spp.
    6. Lassora – Cordia obliqua
    7. Chooda ka saag –
    8. Karyale – Bauhinia variegata
    9. Chulai – Amaranthus spp.
    10. Brawah – Rhododendron arboreum


It is being endeavored through this website to make available the basic or introductory information about All the edible fruits of the world.  This is a gigantic task impossible for a single person to accomplish.  It is not humanly possible for anyone to know. All edible fruits.  Even there is no information anywhere  about the total number of edible fruits in the world.

So the editor requests all  fruit lovers to send articles containing basic information about the fruits of their respective regions.  If the fruit has any special useful characteristic, that may be highlighted..  May be the unexploited little known fruit publicized by you through this website, turns out to be a new successful commercial fruit crop during the coming years.

Articles for publication at this website may be sent by e-mail to the Editor at  parmarch@gmail.com .  Sender’s name shall be published  alongwith the article.

Chiranjit Parmar


Contact Us

  • Full address

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    #164/3 Jail Road,
    Himachal Pradesh, India

  • Pin Code : 175001
  • Email : parmarch@gmail.com
  • Phone : (+91) 94181-81323
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