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Title: Flowers of Madhuca indica J. F. Gmel.: Present status and future perspectives
Authors: Patel, Madhumita
Naik, S N
Keywords: Mahua flowers
Madhuca indica
Natural sweetener
Non timber forest products
Issue Date: Dec-2010
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC CodeInt. cl.8 - A23L 1/00, A23L 1/06, A23L 1/08
Abstract: Madhuca indica J F Gmel. syn. M. latifolia Macb. commonly known as mahua is a large tree found in the dry deciduous forests of India. The tree produces edible flowers and fruits during leanest season of agriculture (March-May). Collection of mahua flowers and fruits is one of the most important sources of employment for the poorest of the poor in India. The flowers are edible and rich source of sugar, protein, vitamin and minerals. Present paper reviews the earlier research on these flowers and highlights the study conducted for value addition. About 80 per cent of juice was successfully extracted from fresh flowers and concentrated to produce a honey like liquid sweetener. The produced concentrate was analyzed and used for preparation of bakery and confectionary goods. Apart from this fresh flower pulp was used for preparation of jam, jelly and sauce. The study shows the income and employment generation potential of mahua flowers.Madhuca indica J F Gmel. syn. M. latifolia Macb. commonly known as mahua is a large tree found in the dry deciduous forests of India. The tree produces edible flowers and fruits during leanest season of agriculture (March-May). Collection of mahua flowers and fruits is one of the most important sources of employment for the poorest of the poor in India. The flowers are edible and rich source of sugar, protein, vitamin and minerals. Present paper reviews the earlier research on these flowers and highlights the study conducted for value addition. About 80 per cent of juice was successfully extracted from fresh flowers and concentrated to produce a honey like liquid sweetener. The produced concentrate was analyzed and used for preparation of bakery and confectionary goods. Apart from this fresh flower pulp was used for preparation of jam, jelly and sauce. The study shows the income and employment generation potential of mahua flowers.
Page(s): 438-443
CC License:  CC Attribution- Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 India
ISSN: 0975-1033 (Online); 0379-5136 (Print)
Source:IJNPR Vol.1(4) [December 2010]

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