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Abstract

Ascorbic acid and vitamin A content of edible wild plants of Ohio and Kentucky.

Abstract

Seventeen wild species commonly used as vegetables were assayed for beta -carotene and/or ascorbic acid. Alliaria officinalis, Capsella bursa-pastoris, Chenopodium album, Chrysanthemum leucanthemum, Glechoma hederacea, Lactuca scariola, Plantago major, Portulaca oleracea and Viola papilionacea could each provide at least 5000 units of vitamin A (a daily dietary allowance) in a 100-g sample. The following species could provide more than a daily allowance of vitamin C (60 mg) in a 100-g sample: Alliaria officinalis, Allium vineale, Allium tricoccum, Barbarea vulgaris, Capsella bursa-pastoris, Cercis canadensis, Chenopodium album, Duchesnea indica, Oxalis stricta and Viola papilionacea.