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Study on Phytochemicals and Nutritional Composition of Banana Flowers of two Cultivars (Phee Kyan and Thee hmwe)
- In this research work, the phytochemical constituents of banana flowers of two cultivars (Phee kyan and Thee hmwe) were investigated. Phytochemical investigation on banana flowers extracts showed the presence of alkaloids, glycosides, steroids, saponins, tannins, flavonoids and terpenoids. The pH levels of these sample flowers were determined. Samples (banana flowers) were also analyzed for proximate composition of moisture, ash, fiber, oil, protein and soluble carbohydrate. In these determination, moisture content and oil content were found to be higher in Phee kyan flowers than Thee hmwe flowers. The contents of ash, fiber, protein and water soluble carbohydrate of Thee hmwe flowers were higher than that of Phee kyan. Moreover, mineral composition of these samples (banana flowers) was determined by Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluoresence (EDXRF) spectroscopy. This elemental analysis indicated that potassium is the highest amount in both two cultivars.
Khin Nann Nyunt Swe
- Universities Research Journal