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Photochemical investigation of Abelmochus esculentus

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Okra is an edible fruit that is commonly known as a vegetable. It is available in most parts of the world generally throughout the year. The scientific name of okra is ‘Abelmochus esculentus or Hibiscus esculentus. The different varieties of this fruit are reflected in variation in shape, size and, more importantly, taste. Okra is known by different local names in different countries. Since okra has very interesting nutritional properties, it has attracted research. In the present study, attention has been paid to investigate the nutrients it holds that are essential for a healthy body. Flame absorption spectrophotometer was used to ascertain Ca, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Pb, and Zn content. The amount of calcium was found highest at 4582.85 mg/kg, 1067.23 mg/kg and 1816.37 mg/kg in raw pod flesh, unripened seeds and ripened seeds, respectively. Pb and Cr were not detected at all, while the highest value of nitrogen (4.32%) was found in unripened pods.
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  • Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Turkeyen Campus, P.O. Box 101110, Georgetown, Guyana, South America
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