Phytofoods of Nubra valley, Ladakh The cold desert

The paper presents the findings of an investigation on traditional wild edible plants available in the Nubra valley, Ladakh used for the preparation of traditional food items by the local tribal people. The Nubra, one of the valleys of Ladakh is known for its floral diversity in the cold arid zone. Twenty seven high altitude plant species belonging to 18 families in Nubra valley were identified as edible plants and used for the preparation of Ladakhi dishes. Shangso chonma, Ldum chonma, Thanthour chonma, Kabra chonma and Phololing chamyk were some of the famous traditional Ladakhi food item prepared from the wild edible plants.