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Journal of Food Security. 2021, 9(4), 136-147
DOI: 10.12691/jfs-9-4-1
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Potential of Underutilized Wild Edible Plants as the Food for the Future – A Review

Peduruhewa P.S.1, 2, Jayathunge K. G. L. R.1, and Liyanage R.1

1Department of Biosystems Technology, Faculty of Technology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Homagama, 10200, Sri Lanka

2Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, 10250, Sri Lanka

Pub. Date: August 27, 2021

Cite this paper:
Peduruhewa P.S., Jayathunge K. G. L. R. and Liyanage R.. Potential of Underutilized Wild Edible Plants as the Food for the Future – A Review. Journal of Food Security. 2021; 9(4):136-147. doi: 10.12691/jfs-9-4-1

Abstract

Today, it has been a big challenge to provide a safe, healthy and nutritious source of food for people, especially for poor income groups and undernourished populations of the developing world. Finding cheap and alternative sources of healthy and nutritious food has become a critical issue due to the food scarcity, high cost and unreliable supply of healthy food in developing and undeveloped countries. Tapping in to the world of Underutilized Wild Edible Plants (UWEP) will allow us to provide a substantial solution for food insecurity. UWEP have been identified as a reliable and long term solution due to the availability of micronutrients, bioactive compounds and their pharmacological importance. UWEP based diet should be expanded around the world, after conducting researches to fill the missing information such as micronutrient bioaccessibility, anti-nutrients, elimination of anti-nutrients and novel trends. The purpose of this paper is to explain the potentials of UWEP to cope up with malnutrition and food insecurity, which are burning issues that needs immediate attention.

Keywords:
food scarcity food insecurity malnutrition micronutrients

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