Pukkapedia - Mustaka
Latin: Cyperus rotundus
This small aromatic tuber is commonly found next to rivers. It loves damp conditions and is very good at treating them. When considering using Mustaka think of its aromatic, drying, anti-spasmodic qualities for gynaecology and digestion.
Musta (Cyperus rotundus) is a perennial herb that looks like grass and is most commonly found growing in moist areas where there is running water._x000D_
Musta is said to be one of the world's most invasive 'weeds', which is partly due to its ability to inhibit the growth of surrounding plants.
Freshly Harvested Musta
Musta's small aromatic tubers are harvested for use in ayurvedic medicine.
Musta is also known as 'Nut Grass' due to the nut-like appearance of its tubers.
Here Musta tubers are being sorted and cleaned before final drying and packing.
Musta tubers after drying.