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Tropical plants with unusual taste properties


A screening program of tropical plants for unusual taste properties gave some leads that suggested the need for further laboratory evaluation and exploration to determine their economic importance. Taste–modifying substances were of interest for applications in some food and pharmaceutical uses. Intensely sweet substances of superior taste quality were sought for applications in dietetic foods. Plants that were selected for further research wereSynsepalum dulcificum Daniell, Dioscoreophyllum cumminsii Diels, andThaumatococcus daniellii Benth.

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Inglett, G.E., May, J.F. Tropical plants with unusual taste properties. Econ Bot 22, 326–331 (1968).

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  • Nigeria
  • Economic Botany
  • Glycyrrhizin
  • Tropical Plant
  • Stevioside