International Journal of Botany Studies

International Journal of Botany Studies


International Journal of Botany Studies
International Journal of Botany Studies
Vol. 5, Issue 3 (2020)

Peelings of citrus fruits as a precious resource of phytochemical and vital bioactive medicines during Covid: 19 periods


Kishan Karetha, Kamlesh Gadhvi, Suhas Vyas

There are several advantages of natural products in terms of their utility, degradability, value, etc. for human beings and the environment. In the current environmental challenges, the world is facing tremendous pressure to find a solution to the epidemic coronavirus disease as well as waste management. Sustainable development means to minimize the use of natural resources and to increase the efficiency of the product. This concept has been implemented in the current study by taking a different variety of Citrus plants belonging to the family Rutaceae, which include fruits such as orange, mandarin, lime, lemon, sour orange and grapefruit which appear as a well-known promising source of multiple beneficial nutrients for human beings and can fight against viruses and bacteria. The waste of the fruit i.e. the peel of the fruit is being taken for further processing to create citrus by-products which potentially represent a rich source of phenolic compounds and dietary fibre. These citrus fruit residues, which are generally discarded as waste in the environment, can act as potential nutritional resources to fight against the epidemic of coronavirus. Due to their low cost and easy availability, such wastes are capable of offering significant low-cost nutritional dietary supplements. Citrus processing industries generate huge amounts of wastes every year and citrus peel waste alone accounts for almost 50% of the wet fruit mass. Citrus wastes not only possesses immense economic value but also has the potential to increase immunity as it contains abundant amounts of various flavonoids, carotenoids, dietary fibre, sugars, polyphenols, essential oils, ascorbic acid and considerable amounts of some trace elements. The present work was carried out for targeting the value addition in the waste (peel of citrus fruits) and finding the active bio enzyme compounds by different methods of extraction from the citrus wastes/by-products and its potential utility as a source of various functional compounds.
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How to cite this article:
Kishan Karetha, Kamlesh Gadhvi, Suhas Vyas. Peelings of citrus fruits as a precious resource of phytochemical and vital bioactive medicines during Covid: 19 periods. International Journal of Botany Studies, Volume 5, Issue 3, 2020, Pages 342-344
International Journal of Botany Studies