There are many such wild products in the forests of Jharkhand, which develop the body’s immunity. Rugda is one such forest product. Rugda called vegetarian mutton of Jharkhand. Ayurvedacharya considers it beneficial in the treatment of diseases like cancer and asthma.

It can also be beneficial in increasing the strength of the body. It is low in calories and rich in protein. Other products that increase protein are also high in calories, which lead to weight gain. Not so in Rugda. In such a situation, it is a good diet for diabetics and heart patients. At the same time, in Chhattisgarh it is called Boda Mushroom.

Why Eat Rugda?

  • Dr. Kaushal Kumar, a forestry and medicinal plant scientist of Birsa Agricultural University, says that rugda occurs naturally in the rain in the forests. It is similar to mushroom not only in color but also in properties.
  • Rugda contains a variety of vitamins, such as vitamin-C, vitamin-D, vitamin-B complex, ribolain, thiamine, vitamin B-12, folic acid and salts, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and copper, along with high-quality protein.
  • According to Dr. A. K. Pati, Agricultural Scientist of Indira Gandhi University, Raipur, rugda has been accepted as one of the most nutritious, healthy and disease-resistant digestible food with medicinal properties. White colored rugda is considered to be the most nutritious.
  • Patients with high blood pressure and diabetes are at greater risk from corona. This danger can be averted by the consumption of rugda.

Where is it found?

Rugda occurs mainly in Jharkhand and partially in Uttarakhand, Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha. In the early days of the rainy season, its price ranges from one thousand to 12 hundred rupees per kg, whereas at present it is being sold for three thousand rupees per kg.