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Edible Forest Foods of Tribals in South India

P. Rajyalakshmi (Author)
Synopsis Forests are the repository of variety of foods. Tribals living as part of nature exploited nature to meet their food demands. Some of their foods are uncommon to us and nutritionally superior and can be selectively used for bringing about better varieties. It is important in this context the exploitation of edible wild stock of flora rich in carotenoids, as forests are one of the largest ecosystems of the world. Conserving the edible wild varieties is very important as sources of genetic stock of the species. This book enlists 104 forest foods comprising of green leafy vegetables (GLVs), roots and tubers, fruits collected and consumed by the tribals and their total carotenoids (TC) and beta carotene content as analyzed using an advanced analytical technique i.e., non-aqueous reversed phase High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). This book projects the importance of recognizing and promoting wild flora rich in provitamin A carotenoids and the possibility of producing value added products like health foods, processed food products, flavours for commercial exploitation. It serves as an important reference document for National and International Educational Institutions, Professional Nutritionists, Horticulturists, Agriculturists, Biochemists, Food Science and Technologists, Forest Departments, Tribal Research and Welfare Departments, etc., and to all those concerned with applied and medicinal aspects related to plant foods.
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About the author

P. Rajyalakshmi

Dr. P. Rajyalakshmi is an Associate Professor in department of Foods and Nutrition, Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad. She has been with the Uiversity for the last 20 years in teaching, research and extension. She is graduated and Postgraduated from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi. Her major field of specialization is applied Nutrition. She obtained her doctoral degree in 1986 from ANGR Agricultural University and her Ph.D. work was published as Tribal Food Habits. She had published more than 30 research papers and popular articles in various national and international magazines. She was the course coordinator for a month long short course on Current concepts on Obesity and Health organised under Centre of Advanced Studies, from the Dept. of Foods and Nutrition. She was the Principal investigator for an ICAR adhoc research project on Screening of forest foods consumed by tribals for beta carotene content from August 1997 to January 2000.

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Title Edible Forest Foods of Tribals in South India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178350289
length 282p., Figures; Tables; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.