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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
Traditional food additive
Trace elements
Traditional antacid
Issue Date: Jan-2007
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. 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
Source:IJTK Vol.06(1) [January 2007]

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