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COMPARATIVE EVALUATION OF PROXIMATE COMPOSITION OF SELECTED WILD-EDIBLE PLANTS IN CENTRAL CROSS RIVER STATE. By Obi-Abang Magdalene, Victor Eshu Okpashi, Bayim Peter- Robins Bayim

ABSTRACT
The need to document the nutritional profiles of different wild-edible plants and put them to use for the larger population is important. In this research, four wild edible plants namely - Adenia cissampeloides, Arthropteris palisoti, Ficus glumosa, and Ceiba pentandra, were harvested from the forage of central Cross River State to quantify and compare their nutritional components. The determination of the proximate composition was carried out using the standard method. No significant differences were observed in the moisture content (%) between Adenia cissampeloides (ACD), Ceiba pentandra (CPD) and Ficus glumosa (FGD) (P < 0.05). The same trend was observed in the moisture content of APD (Arthropteris palisoti), CPD and FGD. Samples FGD and APD had significantly (P < 0.05) higher fat content matched to ACD and CPD. The crude fibre content of Ceiba pentandra (CPD) and Adenia cissampeloides (ACD) was higher than Arthropteris palisoti (APD) and (FGD). Considering the sample, therefore, one can conclude that the wild Adenia cissampeloides, Arthropteris palisoti, Ceiba pentandra, and Ficus glumosa had high energy value, fat, ash content and the lowest content of protein and carbohydrate.

Keywords: nutrition, wild-edible plants, proximate, food, and public health

 

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