Estimation of free endogenous ascorbic acid in different plant parts of Moringa Oleifera
Tamanna Talreja, Asha Goswami
Moringa oleifera Lamk is the most widely cultivated species of a monogeneric family, the ‘Moringaceae’ which is native to the sub-Himalayan tracts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. All parts of the Moringa tree are edible and have long been consumed by humans. Moringa has an impressive range of medicinal uses with high nutritional value. Plants of same age group were collected from three selected sites (60-70 Km range) of Bikaner region. Fresh plant parts (root, stem, leaves, flowers and fruits) were collected in summer as well as winter (flowering and fruiting takes place only in winter) were analyzed for production of endogenous ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid production was compared quantitatively in all plant parts collected from three selected sites.