Mahua Flower (Madhuca Indica): Approach Of Functional, Nutritional Characteristics And An Accompaniment To Food Products

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  • Prashant Lungade, Sneha V Karadbhajne

Abstract

Mahua trees play an important role in triable people’s economy and cultural values. Mahua (Madhuca latifolia) belongs to the Sapotaceae family.
A tree grown in almost all parts of India, it includes the Chota Nagpur plateau area covering Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, West Bengal,
Karnataka, Odisha and further west towards Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. The Mahua tree considers a butter tree in Indian forests
gives multiple benefits like food, fodder, and fuel. Mahua has medical, nutraceutical and economical properties. Every part of the Mahua tree is
used for medicinal purposes, liquor production, biodiesel production or to develop food products. Mahua flowers are rich in nutritional attributes.
Mahua flower is a rich source of nutrients like reducing and non-reducing sugar, polysaccharide, dietary fibres, protein, fat, minerals, vitamins,
enzymes, and different organic acids. After the collection of mahua flowers, it is very much important to reduce the moisture of flowers to make
them more stable for a long time. Few primitive value-added products are prepared by the tribal people who are used by them during the rainy
season as well as during the scarcity of food grains. Mahua flowersare consumed traditionally as raw flowers, roasted flowers, mahua energy
drinks, traditional liquor (suguda), sweet dishes, pancake (pitha) Biryani and Meat etc. The value-added products prepared by researchers such as
confectionery and bakery products at home or pilot scale level. It is very much necessary to create industrial replication of syrups or products. 

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— Updated on 2022-12-31

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Mahua Flower (Madhuca Indica): Approach Of Functional, Nutritional Characteristics And An Accompaniment To Food Products. (2022). Journal of Pharmaceutical Negative Results, 9093-9104. https://pnrjournal.com/index.php/home/article/view/6483