Ethnobotanical knowledge and nutritional properties of two edible wild plants from Central Italy: <i>Tordylium apulum</i> L. and <i>Urospermum dalechampii</i> (L.) F.W. Schmid

  • Aldo Ranfa Università degli studi di Perugia - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile ed Ambientale
  • Fabio Orlandi Università degli studi di Perugia - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile ed Ambientale
  • Angela Maurizi Università degli studi di Perugia - Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche
  • Mara Bodesmo Università degli studi di Perugia - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile ed Ambientale
Keywords: edible wild plants EWP, nutraceutical properties, antioxidant capacity, ethnobotany, local knowledge

Abstract

Edible wild plants have provided an important source of food since time immemorial and have continued to do so until the present day. The study aimed to evaluate ethnobotanical uses and nutraceutical properties of Tordylium apulum L. and Urospermum dalechampii (L.) F.W. Schmidt. The ethnobotanical data collected showed that knowledge of these two species was not limited to alimentary use, but also included folk medicinal properties. Data obtained by nutraceutical analysis demonstrated how these species contain many of the so-called minor nutrients, such as carotenoids, tocopherol, and polyphenols. Furthermore in a comparison with some cultivated species, these species showed higher calcium, iron, and phosphorus values. T. apulum also showed significant vitamin A, polyphenol and ORAC values.

Published
2015-10-16