Proximate Evaluation on the Various Parts of “Ede Ocha”, a Cultivar of
Xanthosoma sagittifolium (L.) Schott Found in Anambra State, Southeastern Nigeria
Regina O Anona*, Chinelo A Ezeabara, CU Okeke and HC Chukwudi
Department of Botany, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Regina O Anona, Department of Botany, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Anambra State, Awka Nigeria.
December 21, 2022; Published: January 11, 2023
Cocoyam is a major source of sustenance and livelihood in Nigeria. The proximate evaluation on the corm, petiole and leaf of “Ede ocha” (white flesh) were carried out on dry matter bases using standard laboratory procedures. Test of significant was measured using the Least Significant Difference (LSD). High concentrations of moisture and carbohydrates were found in the corm. Crude fibre and fat content were detected in the petiole. Highest levels of protein and ash were present in the leaf. This study, therefore, suggested the nutritional benefits abound in the various parts of the plant.
Keywords: Xanthosoma sagittifolium; Corm; Crude Fibre; Carbohydrates
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