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ISSN Print: 2394-0530, ISSN Online: 2320-3862, NAAS Rating: 3.53

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Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies

2014, Vol. 2, Issue 2, Part B
Morphological and Physico-Chemical Characteristics of Saba comorensis: a Highly Preferred Lake Victoria Basin Indigenous Fruit Tree in Busia District, Eastern Uganda

F. Omujal, C. Bigirimana, P. Isubikalu, M. Malinga, E. Bizuru, A. Namutebi, B.B. Obaa J, G. Agea & J.B.L. Okullo

Saba comorensis, an indigenous fruit tree (IFT) that is eaten when staple foods such as bananas, cassava, rice and maize are in short supply has not been investigated for its physico-chemical properties. The morphological characteristics and physico-chemical characteristics of mature ripe fruits of S. comorensis from Busia district (Uganda) were determined. The results showed that t the fruit mean weight, fruit breath, fruit length and percentage pulp weight were 262.51±116.55, 7.36±1.18 mm, 7.43±1.35 mm and 7.72%, respectively. The fruit pulp was acidic (pH=3.10±0.04) and rich in crude protein(4.83±0.01 g/100 g), dietary fibre (7.97±0.85 g/100 g), β-carotene (1.270±00 mg/100 g), vitamins C (430.50± 34.65 mg/100 g) and minerals like potassium (1493.75±321.73), magnesium (894.9±0.32 mg/100 g) and calcium (209.0±0.51 mg/100 g). Saba comorensis is nutritious fruit that can be consumed; particularly during times of food shortages. Therefore, there is need to promote on-farm domestication and consumption of S. comorensis for food and nutritional security.
Fruits of Saba comorensis
Fig.: Fruits of Saba comorensis
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How to cite this article:
F. Omujal, C. Bigirimana, P. Isubikalu, M. Malinga, E. Bizuru, A. Namutebi, B.B. Obaa J, G. Agea & J.B.L. Okullo. Morphological and Physico-Chemical Characteristics of Saba comorensis: a Highly Preferred Lake Victoria Basin Indigenous Fruit Tree in Busia District, Eastern Uganda. J Med Plants Stud 2014;2(2):127-136.
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