Vol. 1, Issue 4 (2016)
A review: Underutilized wild edible plants as a potential source of alternative nutrition
Author(s): Jyotsna Salvi, Katewa SS
Abstract: Today, it has been a big challenge to provide safe, healthy and nutritious source of food for poor income group and undernourished population of the developing world. Due to scarcity, high cost and unreliable supply of healthy food in the developing and underdeveloped countries have resulted in the find out the cheap and alternative source of healthy and nutritious food. Some of the underutilized wild edible plants (such as Canavalia, Mucuna, Rhynchosia, Afzelia, Brachystegia and Detarium for example) have been analyzed and found to possess high nutritional value. Review of literature available revealed that most of the plant species are a good source of nutrition and some have medicinal properties. Use of underutilized wild edible plants helps in the fight to malnutrition associated problems and increasing the health status of the rural population. This review also focused on commercial exploitation of the underutilized wild edible plants such as a source of dietary supplement, for new food formulations, bio fortification, and in product development.