Phytonutrient Analyses of Panawil (Leptosalena heankei, C. Presl)

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Joyce N. Paing Louisa P. Pladio


Panawil (Leptosolena haenkei C. Presl) belongs to the family Zingiberaceae which is endemic to Northern Luzon, Philippines. It thrives in cluster in a very specific area of Benguet and Mountain Province. The phytonutrient analyses revealed that the indigenous vegetable panawil is a rich source of phytochemicals (terpenoids, tannins, flavonoids, total phenolics, and antioxidants); minerals (phosphorus, potassium, iron, and zinc); and vitamins A (β-carotene) and C (ascorbic acid). Phytonutrient analyses of the plant samples collected from different parts of Benguet and Mountain Province reveal that there is no significant difference, except that there is a high significant difference in vitamin C of panawil from both Benguet and Mountain Province.

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