NUTRITIONAL ASSESSMENT OF DIFFERENT PARTS OF ACACIA CATECHU WILLD. COLLECTED FROM CENTRAL INDIAAbstract
Acacia catechu is a multipurpose tree predominantly found in tropical and subtropical regions of India. The tree produces nitrogen rich fodder and green manure, high quality fuel wood and charcoal, strong durable poles and timber. The most useful products of this tree are Kutch or “Kattha” which is obtained from bark and heartwood of the tree. Commonly used plant part of Acacia catechu is bark which is a usual source of Kattha, is strong antioxidant, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal in nature. The tree is also used as fodder for goat and cattle in many parts of India. However, the other plant parts of Acacia catechu especially from Central India have not been investigated for their nutritive value. The present study showcases a comprehensive investigation on different plant parts of Acacia catechu collected from Jabalpur. The results show that the young legumes of Acacia catechu can serve as a better source of nutrition for both human and animals.
K.S. Verma*, R. Pandey and A. Ayachi
Department of Biological Sciences 1, R.D. University, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
20 January, 2014
07 March, 2014
05 April, 2014
01 July, 2014