B) Nutritional value of indigenous leafy vegetables in Bintulu and Miri Sarawak
This research group focuses on investigating wild or locally grown plant that have potential for food crops or other potential such as medicinal or industrial crops. We work on the various plant research such as ethnobotanical, agronomic, biology and ecology, nutritional value and propagation study.
Nutritional value of indigenous leafy vegetables in Bintulu and Miri Sarawak
Vegetable represents s significant group of food crops supplying important sources of vitamins and minerals in the daily diets of Malaysian. Indigenous vegetable can be defined as wild plant, uncultivated plant, cultivated plant, traditional and under-utilized vegetable to urban compared to native people. Rural people in many countries continue to consume wild and semi- wild plants in their diets. Indigenous vegetables in natural environement possess high nutritive value such as vitamins and minerals. While anti-nutrient is chemically active substances and often found in some edible plants. It appears to be toxic at high levels and some can bind to nutrients, thus when consumed will prevet their digestion and utillization of the body. There is only limited data to prove that wild leafy vegetables contain high levels of anti-nutritional substances. Many wild plants used in industrialized countries today were originally identified and developed through indigenous knowledge. Generally, in Malaysia most of studies of wild or indigenous fruit and vegetables are recorded in Peninsular Malaysia. In Sarawak, reports pertaining on utilization and marketable of indigenous vegetables were documented by Voon et al. (1990), Muhd Arif Shaffiq, (2013) and Noorasmah (2014). However, those studies have not given due to attention in terms of their whole nutiritional content i.e., proximate composition, mineral, vitamin, and anti-nutrient content. Due to their abundance, attribute qualities and cheap vegetables, create an interest in the study of nutritional anti-nutritional value and selected known and lesser known indigenous leafy vegetables. The objective of this study is to determine the consuming methods of indigenus leafy vegetables used by local community in Bintulu, Sarawak and to evaluate their nutritional, anti-nutritional content and propagation methods. The nutritional information of these indigenous vegetable will be used for advocating their increased utilization as vegetable crops. This project is funded by Universiti Putra Malaysia under the Inisiatif Putra Siswazah – Geran Putra (Project No GP-IPS/2016/9497100).
Figure 1 : Indigenous leafy vegetables in Bintulu Sarawak
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Dr. Noorasmah Binti Saupi
Department of Crop Science
Faculty of Agricultural Science and Forestry
Tel: +6086 855394
Updated:: 21/08/2020 [lanz]
97008 Bintulu, Sarawak,