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Nutritive and Medicinal Values of Under Exploited Vegetable Crops

S.P. Mishra (Author) A.K. Padhiary (Author)

Among the dietary intake the vegetables are classified as protective foods since they supply good quantities of protein, mineral, fibre and vitamins. In context with peoples in other countries, majority of Indians habituated with vegetarian diet. In most of the under developed countries a few underexploited vegetables are used as staple food, where famine is a recurring phenomenon. India is under different agro-climate zones to grow underexploited vegetables throughout the year. India is the second largest producer of vegetables next to china, even though we are the major producer of vegetables in the world. Our daily consumption of vegetables is less than that of recommendations by Indian Council of Medical Research, Food Agriculture Organisation, National Institute of Nutrition. According to food and agriculture organisations (FAO), most developing countries fall under the categories of countries with insufficient per capita vegetable consumption i.e. 25 Kg per year; whereas the dietician recommends that a person should consume 100-120 kg vegetables per year. A healthy man requires 2700-3000 calories per day but our average consumption is 700 calories which does not meet the requirement. Our per capita consumption vegetables are around 135 gms per day. Under nutrition (Hunger) and malnutrition are most threatening global problems today and the worst situation exiting developing countries. Underutilized vegetables are rich and comparatively cheaper source of minerals and vitamins, which are important for maintaining of good health and beneficial in protecting against some degenerative diseases. According to dietician the balance diet for an adult constitute 125 gms vegetables leafy vegetables, 75 gm other vegetables and 100 gm of root vegetables along with 475 gm cereals, 80 gm pulses, 92 gm fruits, 200 gm milk,40 gm oil, 40 gm sugars. This above recommendations availability to all persons is a big question. Hence in order to get the nutrients at par with the above recommendation emphasis to be given for production of under exploited vegetables which are the treasure house of significant amount of carbohydrates, protein, mineral, vitamins, fats, fibres and phytochemical.

I have attempted to bring maximum information on the nutritional and medicinal aspects of underutilized vegetables as much as possible but all the information available on the subject can’t be presented in a text of the this size. This presentation is our compromise. This book is user friendly to students and others who have the concerned to expand basic knowledge in the field of importance of under exploited vegetables in the present era.

Contents: 1. Introduction. 2. Review of research work. 3. Asparagus. 4. Leeks. 5. Artichoke. 6. Broccoli. 7. Brussels sprouts. 8. Chinese cabbage. 9. Amorphophallus spp. (elephant foot yam). 10. Lima bean. 11. Winged bean (psophocarpus tetragonolobus). 12. Jack bean (canavalia ensiformis). 13. Sword bean. 14. Spinacia oleracea. 15. Basella (vine spinach). 16. Bathua. 17. Celery. 18. Parsley. 19. Parsnips. 20. Lettuce. 21. Rhubarb. 22. Pointed gourd. 23. Other underutilized vegetables. 24. References.

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About the author

S.P. Mishra

Dr. S.P. Mishra did B.A. (Honours) and M.A. (Geography) in the first division from Allahabad University and later obtained Ph.D. from Lucknow University. For the nine years previous to his retirement he was principal of a post-graduate college. His services in the field of environment have been used by several government and non-governmental organizations in a direct and indirect manner. He has written four books, one of which Environmental Crisis has been widely acclaimed. Besides publishing 47 research papers in various journals, he has guided 10 Ph.D. students. He has participated in many international and national seminars and workshops. He is a member of the Indian Social sciences Council, Indian Environment Council and is on the national executive of the national Association of geographers. He has been awarded for his Writings on forestry and environment.

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Title Nutritive and Medicinal Values of Under Exploited Vegetable Crops
Format Hardcover
Date published: 05.03.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Agrobios
Language: English
isbn 9788193753798
length 120p.