The aim of this study was to determine the mineral content and certain nutritional properties of five wild edible plants (Malva neglecta Wallr., Urtica urens L., Rumex crispus L., Rumex scutatus L., and Chenopodium album L.) that grow and are consumed as vegetables in the grasslands of Turkey’s Eastern Anatolia Region. The plant content ranged from 74.8 to 88.38 percent, 8.72 to 15.75 percent, 5.50 to 6.93, 42.68 to 146.40 mg/100 g, respectively, in humidity (percent), total ash (percent), pH, and ascorbic acid (mg/100 g). Mineral analysis found that there were considerably large concentrations of sodium (21.82-60.93 mg/100 g), magnesium (60.41-77.63 mg/100 g), potassium (557.53-1025.80 mg/100 g), potassium (557.53-1025.80 mg/100 g) in wild plants. Cutlery (0.28-0.67 mg/100 g), iron (12.62-53.20 mg/100 g), zinc (0.40-1.44 mg/100 g). The current study has shown that these wild plants may make a major contribution to the dietary needs of the people of the area of Eastern Anatolia. These plants can be used for the enrichment of low-mineral diets. Their use may help at a negligible cost to alleviate the problem of malnutrition; thus, their cultivation and use should be encouraged. Further research is needed to decide how best to take advantage of its food value to improve human health.
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Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Yeditepe University, Turkey.
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