It was stated that successful results were obtained in the project initiated by the Department of Horticulture of the Faculty of Agriculture of Ondokuz Mayıs University (OMU) for the reproduction of likapa tea, which was exported to Russia during the Ottoman period.
OMU Faculty of Agriculture Department of Horticulture Lecturer Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Çelik, speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), said that the tea made from the leaves of the likapa plant, which grows spontaneously in the forest areas and highlands of the Eastern Black Sea Region, is also a source of healing.
Pointing out that likapa tea, which has been used in alternative medicine for centuries by local people, was exported to Russia during the Ottoman period, Çelik emphasized that they got positive results from the work they started three years ago to produce likapa tea.
Expressing that his projects are supported by the university and TUBITAK, Prof. Dr. Celik said:
“The likapa plant, which grows in the forested areas and highlands of the Eastern Black Sea Region, was exported to Russia by making tea during the Ottoman Empire period. We have prepared a project for the dissemination of likapa tea, which has been evaluated in the field of alternative medicine for centuries, and its use in the field of alternative medicine. We achieved positive results within the scope of the project supported by OMÜ and TÜBİTAK. We are trying to grow the likapa plant again in our region and make it widespread.”
– “Black tea and hazelnuts made you forget likapa tea”
Explaining that the tea known in Turkey was started to be grown in Rize and its surroundings, and with the development of hazelnut farming, Çelik said that likapa tea was forgotten in the past and said, “Likapa plant grows in forest areas and plateaus. The more active cultivation of the known tea and the development of hazelnut farming made likapa forget.
Pointing out that likapa is known by different names, Çelik said:
“The plant is known as likapa, kaskanaka, ançera, çela, mehabak in Rize, motsvi in Artvin, ligarba, fiber, ground fiber, ground ligarba, forest ligarba, forest fiber in Trabzon. Likapa, which grows in the forests and plateaus around Giresun and Ordu, is known as bush strawberry in these provinces. As a faculty, we started cultivating the plant three years ago. We established likapa gardens in Rize, Trabzon and Giresun. We started to use its leaves as tea and got positive results. We are continuing our efforts to cultivate it widely as an alternative in the region.”
- "Important plant for alternative medicine"
Çelik explained that they aim to make the likapa plant, which has been used in alternative medicine for centuries by people living in the Eastern Black Sea Region, more scientific and usable.
Emphasizing that soup can be made from the shoots of likap, which is a health plant with its aroma and properties, and jam and marmalade can be made from its fruits, Çelik said:
”Llikapa is used in folk medicine for intestinal worms, oral wounds and inflammations even in ancient times. It is known that tea made from likapa is good for the relief of pregnancy pains of pregnant women. It is also known that it reduces the risk of heart attack, prevents the formation of atherosclerosis, increases night vision, and is the plant with the highest amount of ellagic acid, which fights cancer. In addition, it is a healthy and very valuable part of diets. It is also known that it relieves eye fatigue and prevents vision disorders caused by diabetes.
Stating that they established adaptation gardens for the dissemination of likap, which can be called a natural pharmacy, Çelik emphasized that they achieved great success in trial cultivation.
Çelik said, “Today, we have production gardens on an area of approximately 2 thousand decares. We want to grow this plant, which is very valuable in terms of health, as a medicinal and aromatic plant in large quantities and present it to the consumption of our people.
prof. Dr. Hüseyin Çelik added that they are working on the registration of the plant they cultivated.
Source : hometown