Vol. 7, Issue 4 (2018)
Mango seed kernel, a highly nutritious food, should we continue to trash or use?
Author(s): Gordhan N Patel and Jasminkumar Kheni
Abstract: World production of mango was about 40 million tons in 2015. India, the largest producer of mango produced about 20 million tons of mangoes in 2016. One hundred grams of mango seed kernel has more nutritional value than 500g of potatoes and 2kg of mango pulp. Mango kernel has 20-fold higher protein, 50-fold higher fat and 4-fold higher carbohydrates than mango pulp. The kernel has nearly balanced quantities of protein, carbohydrates, oils, vitamins, minerals and therapeutic phytochemicals in sufficient quantities. Yet, we eat mango pulp which has only slight nutritional value and we throw away the kernel which has almost 20 – 50 times more nutritional value than the pulp. When we trash the kernel, not only we are polluting our land but we are throwing away a highly nutritious food that is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The objective of this article is to make people aware of the nutritional values of the mango kernel and promote its utilization.
How to cite this article:
Gordhan N Patel and Jasminkumar Kheni. Mango seed kernel, a highly nutritious food, should we continue to trash or use?. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. 2018; 7(4): 04-07.