Blue Ternate (Clitoria Ternatea L.): Nutritive Analysis of Flowers and Seeds
The mineral composition of a plant is one of the criteria used in evaluating the potential of a certain crop for any medicinal purposes and other health benefits. Determining the mineral elements as well as their concentrations in plants is very important because these information can be used and considered when subjecting the crop for human consumption and when used as one of the ingredients in by-products. Clitoria ternatea L., commonly known as blue ternate, contains good source of anthocyanin. This study was conducted to assess mineral and nutritional values of the flowers and seeds of Clitoria. This was conducted at the University of Southern Mindanao (USM), Kabacan, Cotabato, Philippines from January to June 2020. Flowers of three species of Clitoria, namely: blue double-, blue-single- and white single-layered varieties were evaluated. Analysis revealed higher amount of N, P, K, Ca, Mg, ash content and dry matter on the blue-single-layered Clitoria variety. Results of the proximate analysis of the seeds were: carbohydrates (36.69%), total sugars (4.92%), crude fat (12.26%), crude protein (40.59%) and sodium (76.29 µg/g).
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