Chemical composition of the grain of Coix lacryma-jobi: A promising non-conventional cereal

Handique, A.K.

Crop Research 13(3): 657-660


ISSN/ISBN: 0970-4884
Accession: 008305289

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Coix lacryma-jobi, a less known graminaecious plant, is being cultivated for centuries in the hilly areas by the tribals of Nagaland State, India. Chemical analysis of the grain revealed remarkably high crude protein content, ranging from 15 to 18 per cent. Carbohydrate content was comparable to that of rice with considerable amount of non-reducing sugar. Lipid content was found to be little higher than that of rice. The present finding substantiated the age old belief and practice of the tribal people that it was a substitute f rice. In the quest for new cereal this appeared to be promising.