DIVERSITY OF UNDERUTILIZED WILD EDIBLE FRUITS OF KANNUR DISTRICT, KERALA, INDIA
Objective: To explore, collect, identify and preserve wild edible fruits of Kannur district, Kerala.
Methods: Field survey was conducted for collecting information regarding utilization aspects of some underutilized fruits. The important wild fruits were selected on the basis of their easy availability and on their food and medicinal values in Kannur district.
Results: Total thirty three wild edible fruits were collected, identified, and documented. All these fruits were good source of fat, protein, sugars and antioxidants. Most species were found to have many therapeutic uses.
Conclusion: The documentation of wild fruits will benefit the community through the use of locally and freely available healthy food which will also preserve their cultural pride. And these wild fruit plants have important role in maintaining ecological balance.
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