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CHITRAL HORTICULTURE SOCIETY

The unexpended or half expanded floral buds are collected and put in an earthen vessel with water and kept in the roof under the open sky for at least 7 days. The floral buds are then separated from the water, dried and stored. A popular vegetable is made from these floral buds, locally called Kaveerogh, which is used as a food given to typhoid and malaria sufferers.

The water from the earthen vessel is also considered to be very effective against Niska/nishti(typhoid), malaria and abdominal pain. Chuntique (the dried fruit) is collected and mashed up, with a few drops of water, with a pestle and mortar, into a thick paste. This is formed into a ball, dried and stored. It is used as a puru to cleanse and clear the skin of pimples as well acting as a Sun block.

"Parpi", a legendary drug, is allegedly collected from the root tip of caper (Kaveer) and is, according Hakims and Tabibs, the remedy of every kind of ailments and disease. Kaveer is a deep rooted species and it is very difficult to dig out the root tip from the soil and is rarely accessible.

Local Name Kaveer
Botanical Name Capparis spinosa
Part used Unexpended floral buds and fruits (chuntique)
Locally used for Niskamishti (typhoid), Malaria, Vegetable and Puru.