The Bael : A Potential Underutilized Fruit for Future

The Bael : A Potential Underutilized Fruit for Future
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The Bael : A Potential Underutilized Fruit for Future

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Publisher: Agrotech Publications
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Preface India is the second largest producer of fruits 63.50 million tones obtained from 5.78 million ha area accounting for 10.00 of the world production of fruits. This has been made possible due to concerted efforts of scientists and progressive farming community. In recent years, there is considerable awareness about the nutritional security and food safety. The bael, medicinally important underutilized fruit, is adequately rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals besides some essential nutritional components like vitamins, minerals and dietary fibres. The unripe or half ripe fruit is regarded as astringent, digestive and stomachic. The fruit is used in chronic diarrhea and dysentery, and is said to act as tonic for heart and brain, and it is useful adjuvant as it helps to remove constipation which hinders the healing ulcerated surfaces of intestine. Fully ripe fruits are eaten fresh, while mature and ripe can also be processed into various value added products like Murabba, jam, squash, powder, slab, powder, toffee RTS, etc. An area which needs immediate attention in this crop is collection, characterization documentation, conservation, development of suitable technologies, utilization and popularization. The demand of this crop is gradually increasing owing to tremendous potential for commercial exploitation aimed at improving the economic status of the poor and marginal farmers. So far, it has received least attention due to lack of awareness about food and nutritional security. The purpose of this book is to assemble information on improvement, production, processing, marketing and utilization of bael, to highlight the importance of crop for therapeutical and nutraceutical aspects and poverty alleviation. The degraded lands and the area of abiotic and biotic stress can profitably be utilized for commercial cultivation of bael. It is hoped that the information presented in this monograph will be of immense useful tool for teachers, students, extensionists, policy makers, fruit growers and traders. We hope that this may encourage further production, processing and marketing of bael at village level as cottage industry, and researchers and scientists to further explore the benefits of indigenous underutilized fruit bael. A. K. Singh et. al.
About the Book A full documentation of researches on chemical composition, botany and morphology, improvement, planting, propagation, agrotechniques, pest and disease management, harvesting, quality attributes, processing, export potential and future thrust of bael has been discussed thoroughly and scientifically.
About the Authors Dr. A. K. Singh, ARS acquired his master's and Ph. D degree from Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh during 1992 and 1998 respectively. He was selected as lecturer