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Title: Chemical and spectroscopic investigation of Kolakhar and its commercial importance
Authors: Deka, Dibakar C
Talukdar, Nripendra N
Keywords: Kolakhar;Musa balbisiana;Musa acuminata;Musa paradisiaca;Banana;Traditional food additive;Trace elements;Traditional antacid
Issue Date: Jan-2007
Publisher: CSIR
IPC Code: Int. Cl.⁸: A61K36/00, A01G1/00, A01G17/00, A47G19/00, A23L1/00, A23L1/06, A23L2/02, C12G
Abstract: Kolakhar, a traditional food additive derived from banana plants and popular amongst the different communities in Assam, has been analyzed for its commercial importance. Chemical and spectroscopic investigation show that potassium, sodium, carbonate and chloride are the major constituents present in kolakhar along with a host of other trace elements. The analysis has been able to corroborate the traditionally known superior quality of kolakhar derived from Musa balbisiana Colla as compared to those derived from different varieties of Musa acuminata Colla and Musa paradisiaca Linn. kolakhar has been found to be an excellent renewable source of potassium carbonate for commercial exploitation.
Page(s): 72-78
ISSN: 0972-5938
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.06(1) [January 2007]

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