Authors : Marc Nwosu Ogbuagu
Abstract: The pulp of calabash fruit (Crescentia cujete) has been studied for its nutritive and anti-nutritive compositions in both the wet and dry samples. The values of the ash; 3.74% (dry), ether extract; 4.38% (wet) crude protein; 7.67% (wet) and 10.01% (dry), crude fibre; 4.88% (dry), carbohydrate; 15.65% (wet) and 68.13% (dry) and dry matter; 31.32% (wet) and 87.48% (dry) are quite reasonable for fruits. Both the wet and dry samples have very high concentrations of the mineral elements. Sodium (Na) has the highest values of 3.20% (wet) and 0.32% (dry), while calcium has the least values of 0.12% (wet) and 0.06% (dry). The pulp has very high values of Thiamin; 1.50 µg g 1 (wet) and 0.93 µg g 1 (dry). Both the wet and dry pulp samples have reasonable values of phytochemicals and are free from HCN toxicity. The pulp can make useful contributions to human nutrition and health.
Marc Nwosu Ogbuagu , 2008. The Nutritive and Anti-nutritive Compositions of Calabash (Crescentia cujete) Fruit Pulp. Journal of Food Technology, 6: 267-270.