Fruits seem to be a food that has been enjoyed by mankind from the earliest of times. Most of us appreciate fruits because they are the easiest foods to handle. Just wash and serve Fruits need absolutely no preparation or cooking. In addition fruits lend themselves to be concerted into a variety of dishes. They can be baked steamed, stewed, crushed, made into salads, ice creams, juices and sherbets. They can also be made into delicious jams, jellies, pickles and puddings. Fruits can be preserved easily.
Fruits contain abundant quantities of sugar. In terms of nutrition, fruit are very good sources of several vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Fruits are important foods in terms of health economy of ecology. Fruits are health promoting as well as pleasure giving. Fruits are very efficient sources of vitamin C and A. We all ways associate fruits only with those of high market value. But there are number of fruits available through out the year. These wild fruits are edible and nutritious. Most of these are location specific and seasonal. Some advantageous of these fruits.
In order to enrich our diet in terms of vitamins and minerals the most inexpensive way will be to promote wild fruit cultivation seriously.The most other important impact will be ensuring a healthy relation with our natural resources. And creating respect for nature in future generation.
A small research was done and analyzed for b - carotene content of some of the wild fruits is presented below.
Total carotenoids and b - carotene content of wild fruit samples
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Other uses of wild fruits
Leaf is good fodder, used as
Fire wood. Rainy season fruit.
High medicinal value. Winter season fruit
Latex has medicinal value. Rainy season fruit
Fence, Used as fire wood, roofing material. Rainy season fruit.
High market value from fruit. Latex has medicinal value. Early summer fruit.
Fence, winter fruit
Fruits available through out the year
Medicinal vlaue, through out year
Medicinal value, market value. Early summer fruit
Early summer fruit
Latex has medicinal value, wood value. Summer fruit
Pam padiga pandlu
Bush Fence, winter fruit
Winter fruit, leaf has market value
Rainy season fruit
Winter season fruit. Firewood value
Because of thoughtless actions of man and low market value of these fruits we never gave them the place they deserve. In order to promote fruit cultivation we need to think in a new direction considering the following points:
Quick and thoughtful program may ensure the conservation of wild fruits, which are important foods in terms of health economy and ecology.
Links and resources:
International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition
FAO Forestry Department
Learning event on Agroforestry