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Proximate composition of some underutilized edible wild plants mainly consumed by Munda tribe of Jharkhand

Shalini Kumari* & Jyoti Kumar
University Department of Botany, Ranchi University, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Received : 15th November, 2021 ; Revised : 4th January, 2022

Abstract-Underutilized edible wild herbaceous plants mainly consumed by Munda tribes of Jharkhand namely Senna tora, Commelina benghalensis, Alternanthera paronychioides were analyzed for their proximate composition. Proximate composition was determined by using standard methods of Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC). The result showed that proximate composition of the selected wild edibles ranged between; moisture (9.56±0.2 – 11.15±0.13%), ash content (9.82±0.12 – 11.56±0.14%), crude protein (6.12± 0.11 – 6.52±0.18%), crude fiber (4.78±0.1 – 6.15±0.2%), fat (1.16±0.08 – 1.91±0.11%), carbohydrate (69.33±0.58 – 73.06±0.76%), caloric value (317.1±0.61 -328.38±1.2 kcal/100g). The varied proportion of nutrient is found in this wild edibles which helps to obtain a scientific data baseline for their wider acceptance as additional, nutritional supplementary source of food.

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