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Barbados cherry: Agriculture, breeding, utilization and role in nutritional and economical security-A review

Koyel Dey, Arkendu Ghosh, Fatik Kumar Bauri, Nilesh Bhowmick, Amarendra Nath Dey, Dilip Kumar Mishra and Bikash Chandra Das
Department of Fruit Science, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, Nadia-741 252, West Bengal, India.
koyeldey02@gmail.com

Page Range:
144-150
Article ID:
R-1764
Online Published:
26-04-2018
Abstract
Barbados cherry is a wild under-utilized fruit crop grown mainly in the regions with tropical humid climate. Being a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phenolic acids, especially the Vitamin C (richest source) it can protect from free radicals and cures cancer, kwashiorkor, marasmus, night blindness, hypertension, liver problems and hidden hungers which are threatening the modern world. Being a good source of pectin a number of processed products are prepared from it like syrup, juices, candy, murabbas, pickles and also for baby food preparation. By preparing these products rural people and housewives can earn a good income round the year. Besides, if small scale processing unit can be setup in collaboration with some NGOs’, then it enhances much more employment and improves the socio-economic status of the rural people. Therefore, this paper reviews the overall agronomic, breeding, crop utilization practices with its role in nutritional and economical security.
Keywords
Barbados cherry, Breeding,Cultivation, Economical security, Value addition.
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