DIVERSIFICATION AND MARKETING STATUS OF VEGETABLE CROPS IN ORIENTAL TROPICS

C. Lin
In oriental tropics, either in the urban or the rural areas, vegetable intake is much more limited and monotonous than temperate developed districts, especially during the high temperature and humid season. The supply on smaller and larger markets is usually meagre, but the diversified plants are still existed on earth.

For a more universal and larger use of vegetables as common diet in the tropics as well as using more genetic resources for crop breeding (such as resistant to disease, insect and other unfavorable stress), the research on the diversification of vegetable crops including the attraction, palatability, nutritive value of the wild species and multiple usage of cultivated plants (such as Pisum sativum can be used as green peas, pea pods, pea tips, pea sprouts, Allium odorum can be used as green leaves, flower stalks and blanching leaves) should be strengthened.

However, the information on the diversification of vegetables is still fragmentary and scattered, also the chaos of vernacular names, common names, English names even scientific names of edible plants all over the tropical world sometime make us arduous to indicate what exactly we are talking about In order to upgrade the human kitchen and to protect the human health, also for the unification of terminology of vegetable crops, more than 573 species including 101 families of edible plants, the main parts used, and the present marketing status are reviewed and listed alphabetically in this paper for the convenience of future advanced studies. Of 573 species reviewed, the top 10 largest families are compositae, leguminosae, cruciferae, cucurbitaceae, umbelliferae, labiatae, solanaceae, gramineae, alliaceae and chenopodiaceae and occupy more than 60% of total investigated species.

Lin, C. (1989). DIVERSIFICATION AND MARKETING STATUS OF VEGETABLE CROPS IN ORIENTAL TROPICS. Acta Hortic. 242, 45-58
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1989.242.5
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1989.242.5

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