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Nutritional Assessment of Leaves of Wild Edible Plant Urtica ardence

Author(s): Jayanti, Kshitij Agarwal* and Prem Saini

Journal: Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biological Research
ISSN 2320-9267

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 53;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Urtica ardence | Medicinal Plant | Tropical.

Considering the growing need to identify alternative bio-nutritional sources, wild edible leaves consumedin forest zone of Uttarakhand, India were evaluated for their nutritive value in order to prioritize edible wildplant suitable for domestication. The result showed significance of wild plant species as important sourceof nutrient for rural poor people. The nutritional value of leaves of wild plant Urtica ardence wereevaluated in terms of protein, carbohydrate, fat, fiber content, vitamin content, reducing sugars andminerals. Urtica ardence had a significant level of above nutrients and therefore was identified aspromising specie for promotion as backyard planting especially farming systems suffering from crop loss,food shortage and chronic malnutrition.
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