*Shalini Kushwaha * Madhvi Daniel and *Shakti
*Deptt. of Food Science & Technology, School for Home Sciences,
Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow, India
Underutilized green leafy vegetables (GLV) are found in numerous agricultural ecosystems and often survive mainly in marginal areas. Yet a large number of GLV that are now overlooked have the potential to play a much more important role in sustaining livelihoods and enhancing environmental health. India, being blessed with a variety of natural surroundings and varying climates and seasons, has a number of edible GLV some of which are locally grown and utilized. GLV are rich sources of micronutrients such as β-carotene, ascorbic acid, riboflavin and folic acid, iron,calcium and phosphorous. GLV are also recognized for their characteristic colour, flavor and therapeutic value. Some of the underutilized leafy vegetables are amaranth, drumstick, beet greens rich in micronutrients. Drumstick has a high nutrient density and is rich in many essential micronutrients and vitamins as well as antioxidants and bioavailable iron. It excelled among 120 species of Asian traditional vegetables tested for their content of micronutrients and phytochemicals, antioxidant activity and traditional knowledge of their medicinal uses. Moreover, it is easy to grow, has excellent processing properties, and good palatability.
Keywords: Drumstick, Underutilized