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International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Mineral Contents of Ocimum Gratissimum Leaves (African Basil)

Ajayi, Adebola

Abstract: Ocimum gratissimum belongs to the Lamiaceae family and is know generally as African Basil. Ocimum gratissimum leaves are widely used as local condiments in diets. The leaves were destalked, sorted, washed with potable water to remove dirts, air dried for 14 days under ambient temperature and milled into powder. The mineral contents of Ocimum gratissimum leaves were investigated. The percentage mineral contents were potassium 81.630.05mg/100g, calcium 60.120.43mg/100g, magnesium 30.920.15mg/100g. The results of the analysis showed that Ocimum gratissimum could be a good source of important food nutrients.

Keywords: Ocimum gratissimum, African Basil, minerals and drying



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